(Athens, Georgia) Apparently, there's enough daytime dalliance in a local park that neighboring dwellers decided to complain.
Police officers started surveillance at Ben Burton Park off Mitchell Bridge Road a few weeks ago after apartment dwellers overlooking the park complained that they could see people having sex, according to police.Allegedly, Sharpe has been sexually involved with the boy for two years and was acquainted with his family. Sharpe was held at the Clarke County Jail in lieu of $23,500 bond. The 15-year-old was charged with public indecency and possession of tobacco and then released to his parents.
Officers saw a group of people pull up in a vehicle and enter the park at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, and two of the people later went off on their own, spread a blanket on the ground and had sexual intercourse, police said.
When the group drove away, officers made a traffic stop and identified 28-year-old Sharon Lynn Sharpe and a 15-year-old Athens boy as the ones who had sex in the park, according to police.
Sharpe was charged with felony statutory rape, child molestation and enticing a minor for indecent purposes, as well as contributing to the delinquency of a minor and public indecency, both misdemeanors.
It's worthy to note that Ben Burton Park has a wide reputation as being a gathering place for individuals seeking sex. Athens is located approximately 60 miles east-northeast of Atlanta. Several major highways lead directly into the city and two airlines provide regular service. The Ben Burton Park is on the west side of the city off of Mitchell Bridge Road which is easily accessible from Athens Perimeter Highway.
The grand jury on Wednesday charged Sharpe with the misdemeanor offenses of public indecency and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.Apparently, evidence gathered by the police wasn't conclusive.
The boy was charged with public indecency and possession of tobacco by a minor and released into the custody of a parent.