Glenn Hills student charged with sexual assault

Published: Aug. 28, 2018 at 10:16 AM EDT
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Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

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RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The district attorney's office is looking at the case concerning reports of sexual assault at Glenn Hills high school to decide if they'll go ahead with an indictment. This could mean the student could be tried as an adult.

Hearing that a young girl says she was sexually assaulted is alarming for mom Tonia Saddler.

“I think it's very disturbing because I have two daughters that go there and me myself I worked there a few years ago," said she said.

It's also upsetting for her daughters.

"One of them said that they're really shocked they can't believe the things that are happening."

Richmond County BOE says the student accused of holding scissors to another students side and sexually assaulting her is charged with false imprisonment, sexual battery, in an aggravated nature.

The crime is considered sexual assault because of that the DA can decide to indict the student.

“Georgia has what most people commonly call the 7 deadly sins. These are cases where the district attorney can decide to treat a child as an adult for serious crimes. In that case, the child would be indicted,” said Judge Doug Flanagan, Juvenile Court Judge.

But the DA could also decide to try him as a minor and the case would be handled in juvenile court.

"The court has the ability to put you in treatment, supervision, or rehabilitation the court also sometimes for supervision if it's an aggravated case can sentence you to some confinement"

While the investigation continues, saddler hopes to see some changes in her daughter's school.

"I would really think that it's sad that the kids have to go through that in the classroom they need more safety, they need to feel safe.”

The student was arrested on Thursday. News 12 is looking into if and when the hearing is set for, we will keep you posted with the latest.

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

News 12 @ 6 O’clock / NBC 26 at 7

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Every year each county reports three numbers to the Georgia Department of Education. The numbers are for sexual battery cases, sexual harassment cases, and sexual offenses.

A report from Richmond County BOE police says a student was sexually assaulted by another student at Glenn Hills High last Thursday.

"It's very shocking,” said Lloyd Hopkins, “and as a parent, I would be concerned about what's going on and what the staff and teachers to help prevent that."

Lloyd Hopkins went to Glenn Hills but he says things were different then.

"It wasn't like how it is nowadays, there were things that happened but not like how it is now," he said.

This is the first sexual assault reported at a Richmond County school this school year.

But in the last 12 months, Richmond County says there have been a total of 6 cases. The Georgia Department of Education keeps track of sexual battery cases, sexual harassment cases, and sexual offenses which includes sexual assaults.

For the 2017-2018 school year, Richmond County had 65 sexual offenses, 53 sexual harassment cases and zero sexual battery cases that are covering 56 schools.

In Columbia County's 32 schools, in the last 12 months, there were 39 sexual offenses, 61 sexual harassment cases, and no sexual battery cases.

Hopkins says school staff needs to keep a closer eye on students.

"They need to start paying more attention to what the students are saying because a lot of times there could be things that are happening that is not right."

The school board hasn't said anything because the case is still under investigation. When they send information home about a gun at school that's because they saw the gun or weapon and took it away from a student. In this case, they don't want to accuse anyone of a crime before it goes to trial.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A female student at Glenn Hills High School says another student assaulted her in class last week.

The victim claims the assault happened on Thursday, August 23rd, around 4:30 p.m.

She says another student put scissors up to her right side and wouldn't let her leave the classroom. The victim says the suspect penetrated her vagina with their fingers

According to an incident report by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, two other females witnessed the assault.

It's unclear who the suspect is at this time.

For the latest on this developing story, stick with News 12.

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