Walker County magistrate judge Kela Spence dismissed the case against ferrier and school owner Ralph Casey, 68, declaring that there was “no probable cause that (the) crime was committed.”
Twenty-year-old Jillian Myers of Winnsboro, S.C., alleged that Casey propositioned her with sexually explicit language on Aug. 4, just days after she had arrived at the school for a multi-week class.
According to a written statement Myers provided to the court, at dusk on Aug. 4 she and friend and fellow student Chet Elkins had just finished bathing Elkins' mule when they turned down an invitation by other students to join them for poker and drinks.
Later that evening, Myers alleged, Casey approached her bunkroom to solicit her help with a female student who was heavily intoxicated.
Myers helped put the sick woman to bed and had moved her belongings to another room when Casey entered again, she said.
“After I finished moving, Ralph Casey came to me and offered me $1,500 to come and make a sexual pass at one of the male students to prove something about honesty. I refused,” Myers wrote in her complaint.
Myers stated that she then showered and went to her room. She alleges that Casey later returned to her door at an unspecified time, “very drunk,” and asked her to come outside, at which point he made lewd comments toward her.
“I went back inside,” she said. “I got up at about 12:30 a.m. to get a drink of water from the diner. Ralph and another student were outside drunk.”
At that time, Myers says, Casey made more lewd statements and declared, in explicit language, that he wanted to have sex with Myers.
“I was really scared and thought he might try to assault me,” she wrote. “I went inside, locked my door and slept with my knife for protection.”
Myers left the school the following morning, along with her friend Elkins and the female student that Myers helped through her intoxication the previous night. According to her statement, Ralph Casey's son Link Casey apologized several times for his father’s actions, helped her pack up and stated that his mother would send a refund.
Myers drove off and stopped to report the incident in Acworth, but “didn’t really get any help from the officer,” she said.
She returned to Georgia on Aug. 6 with her mother to file the incident report with the Walker County Sheriff's Office.
Another former student, 18-year-old Shelley Brown, also filed a report with the Walker County Sheriff's Office, alleging similar incidents occurred only a few hours after Myers' encounter with Casey.
While judge Spence dismissed Myers' application, Casey faces another claim from a young woman who attended his school.
In three months, Casey will appear before the Walker County state court on misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly striking 22-year-old Bonnie Whisnant of Whittier, N.C., while she was a student at the horseshoeing school.
Whisnant insists that Casey struck her on Oct. 14 and claims to have a witness and a medical report of the incident. Casey claims he was defending himself against his student.
She filed charges afterward, which led to an arrest warrant for Casey on Oct. 29. He was arrested that same day and later released on $475 bond paid by his wife, Ginger Casey.
That assault case will be heard in state court on March 25.