Registered sex offender accused of stalking student in Warner Robins High parking lot

bpurser@macon.comDecember 19, 2012 

PERRY -- A 30-year-old registered sex offender is accused of stalking and the attempted kidnapping of a 17-year-old female student Oct. 1 in the parking lot of Warner Robins High School.

James Franklin Davis Jr., of Warner Robins, also was indicted Tuesday by a Houston County grand jury on charges of terroristic threats and acts, public indecency, false statements and writings, and loitering or prowling.

Davis, who has a conviction in 2000 for public indecency and is listed on the Houston County sex offender registry, allegedly pulled his car up to the girl, unlocked his doors and demanded she get into the vehicle, the indictment stated.

He allegedly followed her through the parking lot making remarks that implied sexual assault, the indictment stated.

He is also accused of masturbating in his car in the parking lot, the indictment stated.

“(He) told Detective Justin Clark that he was looking for a job at a nearby construction site when he was actually watching a girl in the Warner High School parking lot,” the indictment stated. Clark is a detective for Warner Robins police.

The incident happened at 8 a.m., the indictment stated.

Davis was being held Wednesday in the Houston County jail.

Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police, stated in an e-mail that the student was walking through the parking lot when a man sitting in his vehicle attempted to talk her into entering his vehicle.

“She ignored him and hurried into the school,” Pugh stated. “The male then left the parking lot in his vehicle.”

No injuries were reported, Pugh stated.

Steve Monday, school principal, said the student was late for school when she was approached by the man in the school parking lot across the street from the school. She ignored him and went across the bridge to the school.

Police and her parents were called, he said.

Christopher L. Weems, an Athens attorney representing Davis, could not be reached for comment.

Also indicted Tuesday was Sierra Alexandria Ferrell, 17, of Perry, on two counts of motor vehicle theft and six counts of second degree burglary of motor vehicles, the indictment stated. Ferrell was being held Wednesday at the Houston County jail.

Adam Elijah Copeland, 18, of Warner Robins, was indicted on charges of armed robbery and second degree criminal damage to property in a Sept. 30 incident at the 24/7 Coin Laundry at 3501 North U.S. 41 in Warner Robins.

Copeland is accused of snatching a laptop and breaking its computer screen, the indictment stated.

He is free on a $2,400 bond. Bond conditions include no contact with victim, a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. curfew, according to the Houston County Superior Court case file. He also is allowed to go to school and may seek and maintain employment.

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