Three Ga. Student-Athletes Accused of Prom-Night Rape
Three high school seniors in Calhoun, Georgia, have been charged with aggravated sexual battery and consumption of alcohol by a minor stemming from an alleged sexual assault during a post-prom party.
The three 18-year-old Calhoun High School students—Fields Chapman, a quarterback, Andrew Haynes, a wide receiver, and Avery Johnson, an infielder and pitcher on the school's baseball team—all turned themselves in on May 28 and were later released on a $51,000 bond (each).
According to a police report posted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, a female student contacted police on May 11, the night after the alleged sexual assault took place. She told police that she passed out around 2 a.m. in a bathroom during an after-prom party, and was raped by multiple boys.
During a press conference last week, Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson told reporters that the three boys allegedly inserted a foreign object into her against her will, "causing tearing and severe trauma," per the Times Free Press. Other students at the party were supposedly aware of the alleged assault, but did nothing to stop it, the sheriff said.
Nicholson's office conducted over 50 interviews during its investigation of the case, per WRCBTV.com. All three of the accused attackers have been charged as adults, and, if convicted, all three face 25 years to life in prison, according to WRCBTV.com.
Before the charges were released last week, the school district made the decision to ban the three suspects from their graduation ceremony. In a statement posted on the Times Free Press' website, the district explained, "the Board and administration are concerned that the presence of the identified suspects at Friday's commencement ceremonies would likely cause a substantial disruption and could create an unsafe environment."
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, two of the three suspects, Hayes and Chapman, had been arrested months before the alleged sexual assault on underage drinking charges. Chapman was on probation on the night of the alleged assault, police told the paper. Haynes, meanwhile, was arrested in February after testing positive for alcohol consumption following one of the school's basketball games.
"Teenagers and alcohol just do not mix," the sheriff told reporters last week, per the Times Free Press. "Nothing good can come out of it. It's not just a little innocent fun."
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