Three prominent athletes from Calhoun High in Georgia all find themselves on the wrong side of disturbing sexual battery charges related to an alleged rape following the school’s senior prom.
As reported by Chatanooga NBC affiliate WRCB, senior football stars Fields Chapman (Calhoun’s quarterback), Andrew Haynes (a wide receiver) and baseball star Avery “Damon” Johnson were all charged with aggravated sexual batter in the bathroom and bedroom attack on a passed out classmate at a cabin inside the Coosawattee River Resort. The unnamed 18-year-old girl has consistently claimed that she was raped, but said her inebriation kept her from being able to identify the three teens whom attacked her.
Each of the three teens could face penalties of 25 years to life in prison if convicted in the attack.
The alleged attack took place on May 10 in the hours after the Calhoun prom. The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office then spent more than two weeks investigating the case before eventually putting forward the charges against the three graduating seniors, who were subsequently banned from the school’s graduation ceremonies.
Gilmer County Sherriff Stacey Nicholson told WRCB that his department conducted more than 50 interviews in the case, and could yet bring more charges against other teens who were confirmed at the party. Because nearly 30 students were alleged to be present at the drunken soiree, many more could be charged with minor alcohol possession counts, though some could face more serious charges for failing to intervene in the alleged sexual assault.
“About 3 days into the investigation we kind of knew which way we were headed with this and we just wanted to get all we could before we put people in jail,” Nicholson told WRCB.
“Teens and alcohol do not mix. They do not mix. There’s nothing good that can come of it and its not just a little innocent fun.”