Three teens charged in school stairwell rape | News
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clark County Police are investigating after a 15-year-old girl reported she was raped by fellow students at Cedar Shoals High School.
The girl told police the rape happened in a stairwell last month. Immediately after the alleged rape, she reported it to school officials.
"She made it known that she did not want the sexual assault to occur," Athens-Clark County Lt. Jeff Clark said. "She did alert them that she didn't want this to be happening."
After an investigation, police were able to obtain warrants for three suspects:
- Jaivous Malik Collins, 17, charged with rape and and being a party to the crime of criminal attempt to commit aggravated sodomy with force.
- Markel Dereek Brannon, 18, charged with being party to the crime of rape and party to the crime of criminal attempt to commit aggravated sodomy with force.
- Xavier Marquise Clarke, 18, charged with being a party to the crime of rape and criminal attempt to commit aggravated sodomy with force.
According to police, there is a surveillance video camera in the stairwell. Charges were filed based on what that video showed. While at least one suspect told police the sex was consensual, Clark said, "We do believe we have facts and circumstances to believe that this crime was committed."
All three teens have been arrested and are currently being held at the Athens-Clarke County jail. A school district spokesperson said the stairwell is in a secluded part of the building with few classes. The spokesperson also said new safety precautions, including extra patrols, have been added.
"We do feel that more steps should have been taken leading up to this. So we are really looking at that as an internal matter because the safety and security of our students is our absolute top priority. This should not happen," a school district spokesperson said.
The victim is no longer a student at the high school.