By JAMES SWIFT
Cherokee Judicial Circuit Judge Suzanne H. Smith denied a motion to reduce bond for an Adairsville man charged with one count of child molestation in Bartow Superior Court last week.
Defendant Jonathan Jovan Gant, 32, is also facing one felony count of enticing a child for indecent purposes. Bartow County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) records indicate both offenses allegedly occurred on May 21.
Public defender Matthew Hoskins said Gant has been held in pretrial detention at the Bartow County Jail since that date.
“I believe his bond’s currently set at $15,000,” he told the court. “This is his first arrest cycle here in Georgia, he has no other criminal history in Georgia on his GCIC.”
Hoskins said the defendant, who is the father of two children, met the alleged victim on a dating app for users ages 18 and older.
“The allegations are that Mr. Gant was caught in the backseat of a car naked with a 12 year old,” said Cherokee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Alex Oberkofler. “I don’t know who was involved in setting the bond at $15,000 to begin with, that is not something that I would’ve consented to with the facts of this case.”
Oberkofler said the defendant does have one out-of-state drug possession charge on his record.
“I’m not OK with reducing this bond,” he said. “In fact, I would’ve thought something a little higher would have been more appropriate in this case.”
Judge Smith said she concurred.
“I didn’t set that bond, but I think $15,000 is more than adequate,” she said. “That amount certainly would not have been set, typically.”