Chief: Multiple agencies investigating Austin
By Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter
RINGGOLD, CATOOSA COUNTY (WRCB) - Proceedings to revoke bond for an Ooltewah man accused of child sex crimes were put in motion Tuesday.
Greg Austin was arrested last week, charged with child molestation. Fort Oglethorpe investigators say he took three girls to a motel room. The mother of a 17-year-old girl told police he forced her daughter to have sex with him, while a 13-year-old girl watched.
According to the incident report the 15-year-old who was with them locked herself in the bathroom.
It's the second time this year, Greg Austin, has been charged with sex crimes.
The judge who granted him bond in the most recent incident says he might not have done so if he knew about the other charges.
Magistrate Judge Vic Wells says he wasn't aware of Austin's previous statutory rape charge out of Hamilton County until Monday.
Wells says he performed Austin's bond hearing via computer, not knowing Austin's previous charge.
"We're extremely excited," says Heather Knight, mother of the 17-year-old who claims Greg Austin forced her to have sex.
"I said to my daughter I've got some good news and I hope it makes you happy," Knight said Tuesday. "I told her 'they're gonna revoke his bond', she had tears coming out of her eyes."
Austin has not been charged with rape. The 17-year-old alleges it happened at a Super 8 Motel in Fort Oglethorpe last Monday. Austin was arrested on Thursday and charged with child molestation, accused of having sex with the 17-year-old in front of a 13-year-old.
Austin's bond was set a $10,000. Austin was released Friday, something that has caused the mother and her daughter to lose sleep.
"I'm actually gonna be able to sleep tonight," Knight says.
That's not all, investigators say they expect more charges in the future.
"Tuesday morning we were contacted by a couple of different agencies in this area regarding Mr. Austin and our charges against him," says Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief, David Eubanks.
Eubanks says the investigation against Austin now involves several agencies and jurisdictions.
"We just wanted to get together and compare notes with a couple of other agencies that have interest in Mr. Austin," the chief says.
The chief says the investigation now involves Tennessee and two other jurisdictions in Georgia.
"I believe there are going to be more charges coming," he says. "This is a very sensitive and complicated investigation. I do believe there will be other charges."
A probable cause hearing must be held before Austin is taken back into custody.