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June 3, 2014

Sheriff: More charges coming in Ellijay case

With two detectives still working on an aggravated sexual battery case full time, Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson said Tuesday the investigation into an alcohol-fueled party in the Coosawattee River Resort by about two dozen Calhoun High School students after their May 10 prom is far from over.

“We don’t have any further charges at this point that we’ve taken,” Nicholson reported. “There have been a few developments — and I’ve discussed this with my folks and Alison (Sosebee, district attorney), and it’s something we can’t release right now.

“But I will tell you this — most probably, additional charges will come against one that has already been arrested.”

There will still be several arrests for underage consumption “very quick,” he added.

“It’s just not top priority,” he said of the coming arrests for drinking by minors. “Everybody involved in this thing has either been in trouble or is going to be in trouble, and they know it. We’ve just not done that at this point ... but it’s still a very active investigation.”

Fields Chapman, Andrew Haynes and Avery Johnson, all 18 and 2014 graduates of Calhoun High School, were each charged by the Gilmer County’s Sheriff’s Office last week with one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of possession of alcohol by a minor.

They are accused in the assault of an 18-year-old female Calhoun High student at the cabin in Ellijay. The victim in the case told a Calhoun Police Department officer May 11 that she had been raped by “multiple guys” at a post-prom party the night before at the cabin at 20 Edgewater Drive. Nicholson said more than two dozen participants brought enough alcohol to “float a canoe down the Coosawattee River.”

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