Snellville investigators believe a 16-year-old South Gwinnett High student was sexually assaulted by classmates on film last month, the police department confirmed.
The incident allegedly happened May 4 in some woods near the school, during school hours, when the group was using drugs, police said Monday. The girl is believed to have passed out and didn’t suspect anything happened to her until “photos started popping up on social media outlets,” Capt. Carey Roberts said.
“We did an investigation and concluded that she had been sexually assaulted by what appeared to be multiple individuals while she was passed out under the influence of drugs,” the captain said.
According to a statement released from police chief Roy Whitehead, the incident was also videoed. It reportedly happened on property owned by the school board in the back of the bus lot off Skyland Drive.
Three juveniles, two who are 15 and one who is 16, have been charged with rape and a 17-year-old, Cameron Richard, has been charged with rape and one count of possession of child pornography, Whitehead said.
“The investigation is continuing, but nothing further can be released,” Whitehead said.
An incident report released to the Daily Post through the open records law Tuesday showed the incident was reported at the school, and school personnel summoned the Snellville Police Department because the crime is believed to have been committed outside the jurisdiction of school police.
Richard, who listed his employer as Bruster’s Ice Cream, was arrested June 5 and remained jailed Tuesday without bond and with a hold from Rockdale County, records showed.
The alleged rape is the second sexual crime in recent weeks to be tied to South Gwinnett High.
In early May, Therese Gunn, 53, who had resigned a teaching position from the school, turned herself in at the Gwinnett County jail on charges of sexual assault after an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student. She also faced three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was accused of hosting a party in which she smoked pot with the boy and two girls.
The report said that some of the sexual activity occurred at the school, at the teacher’s residence and at Lenora Park.