Sheriff: More arrests expected in prom party assault

by: Tom Regan Updated:


GILMER COUNTY, Ga. - The Gilmer County Sheriff's Office tells Channel 2 Action News, a number of former and current high school students could be charged with lying to investigators about what happened during a post-prom party where a student was assaulted.

"There's a possibility of further charges of a serious nature," said Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson.

On Wednesday, three former Calhoun High School students, Fields Chapman, Damon Johnson and Andrew Haynes, turned themselves in to the Gilmer County Jail. The former students, all 18 years old, are charged with aggravated sexual battery and underage drinking. 

The sheriff said the students assaulted a drunk 18-year-old woman during an all-night party at a cabin in Ellijay on May 10. He said the cabin is owned by the parents of another student who attended the party.

Investigators say there was no adult supervision at the post-prom party, and students brought alcohol. The sheriff said investigators are reviewing cellphones and other evidence and will likely bring charges of underage drinking against more students.

A Calhoun High School student told Channel 2 Action News that many students are stunned by the arrests.

"They shouldn't have done that. They should have gone home,” said freshman student Elijah Ledford. “Everyone is in shock because we didn't expect it was going to happen.”

Chapman, Johnson, and Haynes were each released on $51,000 bond.

Calhoun City Schools released a statement Thursday regarding the arrests. It states, "Today Calhoun City Schools was made aware of the arrest of three Calhoun High School graduates in connection with an event which took place on the evening of May 10, 2014 at a private residence in Gilmer County.  We have no further comment regarding this ongoing criminal matter.  Our continued thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in this tragic course of events."

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