A local teenager facing numerous charges in connection with a reported rape has been released on bond.
Corey Roger Voyles, 17, posted a $50,200 bond on Feb. 7, a day after appearing before Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, who admitted the amount was much lower than he would normally set for charges of such magnitude.
"That's extremely low for these charges, but in light of the resources of your family, I think that's appropriate," Deal said. "This is the kind of case that you can get an extremely high bond. But at the same time, if I set it too high, you don't make it.
"Bond is not punishment. Bond is protection and security that you'll return to court."
Voyles faces nearly a dozen charges in connection with a sexual assault that reportedly took place between Jan. 24 and 26 at his family's home in western Dawson County.
According to court testimony, the report was made by a teenage family member who was a guest there. Voyles was arrested Feb. 25.
In addition to kidnapping, rape and aggravated child molestation charges, he also has been charged with false imprisonment, aggravated sodomy, sodomy, sexual battery, enticing a child for indecent purposes and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
His mother, Angela Voyles, testified on his behalf, describing her son as a "hardworking young man" that "never causes trouble."
At the time of his arrest, he was a junior at Dawson County High School, where he played on the varsity football team and was taking honors classes.
"These charges against Corey make him sound like a monster. My son is not a monster," she said.
Assistant District Attorney Randall Schonder opposed bond and asked the court to revisit the issue in 30 days.
"We hear in the news all the time about varsity football players who are charged with an offense and what a good kid [he] is, how this is going to hurt him, how this is going to ruin his life. No one's talking about the victim here," he said.
In accordance with his release, Voyles must wear an electronic ankle monitor, abide by a curfew and have no contact with the alleged victim or witnesses in the case, among other conditions.
He also can have no contact with minor children aside from his younger brothers, and therefore can't attend classes at the high school.
His mother said he will be home schooled.