Wrestlers post bond in sex assault case

Dallas Brown

Dallas Brown

ROME -- Two of four high school wrestlers charged in an alleged sex assault, including a state champion wrestler from Gwinnett County, have bonded out of jail sooner than expected, officials in Floyd County said Thursday.

Mountain View High School senior Dallas Brown, 17, posted $20,000 bond about 8 p.m. Wednesday, after a Superior Court judge in Rome granted him bond, a representative of the Floyd County Sheriff's Office said. Another wrestler, Kenny Mason, 17, of Valdosta, was also released on $20,000 bond.

The two were arrested Saturday -- alongside Valdosta brothers Darshawn and Marshawn Sharp, both 17 -- on charges they held down, roughed up and tried to sexually assault a younger, male teammate during a wrestling camp last week.

The four are charged with aggravated sexual battery, a felony. All face an additional misdemeanor count of simple battery.

The Sharp brothers remain jailed, as their attorneys had apparently not filed paperwork requesting bond yet, the jail representative said.

A Floyd County magistrate judge sent charges against the suspects to Superior Court on Monday and denied bond at that point.

The teens were staying in Shorter University dorms in Rome and practicing with Team Georgia, a summer wrestling team, to prepare for a national competition in Fargo, N.D., that begins Saturday. The competition is closely watched by college recruiters.

The incident in question happened Friday night in a dormitory.

The alleged victim, a male camper who is younger than the suspects, told his coach they were "playing around at first" until one suspect, Mason, held him down while the others hit him. Another group came in, the juvenile said, and two boys held him down, pulled his pants down and tried to sexually assault him with a toothbrush, a Rome police report states.

The coach overheard talk the following day about what had transpired, quizzed the alleged victim and perpetrators, then called campus security who notified Rome police.

A detective responded, conducted interviews and found evidence to arrest the four teens.

Mountain View's Brown had a 39-3 record last year and finished second at the Class AAAAA state tournament at 119 pounds. The year prior, he was the first state placer in school history.

Mason and the other two suspects wrestle for Valdosta. Finishing 52-1, Marshawn Sharp won the Class AAAAA state championship at 112 pounds this year.

Brown, of Lawrenceville, attended Lowndes High School in Valdosta as a freshman.