A man accused of allowing a teenage girl to perform a sex act on him while skinny dipping in the Chattahoochee River near the 13th Street Bridge Thursday pleaded not guilty Saturday to two counts of child molestation and other charges in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Brian W. Oboyle, 22, also pleaded innocent to two counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, contributing to the delinquency of minors and one count each of public indecency and drinking in public. Newly appointed Judge Julius Hunter, a former member of Columbus Council, ordered Oboyle held on bonds totaling $22,200 and bound most of the serious charges over to Muscogee Superior Court.
Police Officer Adam Carse testified he and another officer were called to the Phenix City side of the Chattahoochee Riverwalk about 7 p.m. to check on a report of a man and two young girls naked in the river. Carse and officer K.J. Rives found a 14-year-old and 15-year-old in the river and Oboyle lying on the rocks with his feet in the water.
Carse said the teens were allowed to drink vodka from a bottle and pass it around.
The teens told the officer they never had sexual contact with Oboyle. The suspect also told officers he was swimming with the girls but had no sexual contact with them.
Oboyle, who stood silent during the hearing, was represented by public defender Charles Lykins. His attorney asked the officer if the two teens were coerced to drink the alcohol. Carse said they weren't but the suspect also took no action to prevent them from drinking.
Bill Cameron was driving a car with Phenix City police security on it when he spotted the girls and Oboyle on the river. He said one performed a sex act on Oboyle. “They turned around and noticed me,” Cameron told the court.
With testimony to only one sex act being performed on Oboyle, Lykins asked Hunter to dismiss one count of child molestation against the suspect but the judge denied his request.
The girls were released into the custody of their Columbus parents. Both are rising eighth-graders.