Athens domestic violence assault leads to child pornography arrest

Robert Daniel Allen was in enough trouble already when he allegedly used his pickup truck to ram his former girlfriend’s car off the road and caused it to crash, seriously injuring the woman and two passengers.

While sitting in jail for the alleged vehicular assault, the woman got out of the hospital and led police to a collection of child pornography allegedly owned by Allen.

Allen was subsequently indicted by a Clarke County grand jury in two separate criminal cases, one for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend and the other for allegedly possessing child porn.

The 26-year-old defendant’s legal woes began on June 29. At about 2:25 p.m. that day, Athens-Clarke County police officers were dispatched to a vehicle accident on Whit Davis Road, where they found a car had flipped onto its roof. They were told by the 30-year-old woman who was driving the car that it was no accident.

According to police, the woman said she had two men in her car when leaving the Oak Grove mobile home park on Lexington Road, at which time she saw Allen pass by in his pickup truck and then turn around.

She said she and Allen used to live together. Upon seeing him, she quickly drove out of the trailer park to get away from him. After turning onto Whit Davis Road, police said, Allen rammed his truck into the back of her car, causing it to leave the roadway and flip over. One of the passengers was said by police to have been thrown from the car when it crashed.

A witness reportedly told police he saw Allen stop his truck and thought Allen was going to assist the victims in the wrecked car. But as the witness pulled his vehicle up to the crash site and began to get out, Allen sped away, police said.

Allen’s former girlfriend and her two passengers were taken by ambulance to Athens Regional Medical Center.

Police found Allen in the home he used to share with the crash victim and arrested him for aggravated assault and failure to report an accident with injuries.

The following week, after the woman was discharged from the hospital, she told police that when going through Allen’s belongings in preparation for moving out of their former home on Glendale Heights, she came across some printouts “that disturbed her.” One was a printout of a story about a man’s incestuous relationship with his 11-year-old daughter. There were printouts of disturbing images, including one described by police as “a picture of a very prepubescent nude female” in a sexual situation with an adult male.

The printouts are described in a detective’s affidavit filed Oct. 16 in Clarke County Superior Court. The affidavit was in support of a warrant to search electronic devices seized from a the house on Glendale Heights, which is owned by the crash victim’s grandmother.

After seizing Allen’s laptop and notebook computers from the house, police said they learned he was previously charged with sexual exploitation of children in Smyrna.

“In that case he was accused of filming himself having sex with a 17 year old,” the detective states in his affidavit. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reportedly conducted a search of Allen’s electronic devices and “found a total of about 38 suspected child pornography images,” according to the affidavit.

Allen was not charged for those images, police said. He pleaded guilty as a first offender to unlawful surveillance and the sexual exploitation charge was dropped, police said.

Police said they learned from Allen’s mother that her son was investigated yet another time for child pornography, in a Gwinnett County location not specified in the Athens-Clarke County police search warrant affidavit.

On Sept. 1, a Clarke County grand jury indicted Allen on four counts of sexual exploitation of children, based on images law enforcement found in his electronic devices.

The same panel of grand jurors on Sept. 22 indicted Allen in connection with the intentional hit-and-run in which his former girlfriend and her passengers were injured. The indictment charges him with three counts each of aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.