Slaven, who received three consecutive 12-month sentences on counts one, two and three, will spend three years in prison and serve another 24 months on probation for counts four and five.
In addition, he was fined $5,000. According to court documents, Slaven must also have no direct or indirect contact with the four girls; successfully complete sex counseling; perform 40 hours of community service; undergo a psychological evaluation; submit a DNA sample to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; and have no further employment with a school, day-care center or any other agency that provides services for children during his time of probation.
Slaven was originally charged with child molestation and sexual battery when he was arrested Aug. 28, 2006. He began his employment with the school system Sept. 1, 2003, and continued that employment until Sept. 12, 2006, 15 days after his arrest.
According to Slaven’s attorney, Ricky Morris Jr., the plea agreement worked out in the best interest of everybody.
“If he had gone to trial, Mr. Slaven could have faced somewhere around 41 years of incarceration as a felon and had to register as a sex offender the rest of his life,” Morris said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon.
The five separate misdemeanor convictions involved only one of the four girls, Morris said.
“The girl was over the age of 18 when it occurred,” Morris said, referring to the victim. “The district attorney realized they may have some problems with their dates. In the spirit of reaching a plea bargain, we reached an agreement that was acceptable to the victims and the defendant in this case. All he pleaded guilty to was touching one of the (girls’) thighs after she turned 18.”