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July 7, 2014

Calhoun men in sexual battery case indicted

Chapman also faces 28 counts of sexual exploitation of children

Editor’s note: This story contains some graphic descriptions of sexual acts. Reader discretion is advised.

The three recent Calhoun High School graduates charged in the assault of a classmate at an alcohol-fueled, post-prom party in May in Ellijay were indicted Monday by a Gilmer County grand jury on charges of aggravated sexual battery.

Fields Chapman, Andrew Haynes and Avery Johnson, all 18 and 2014 graduates of Calhoun High School, were indicted on aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery charges. Chapman and Haynes were also indicted for sodomy.

In a case involving a separate victim, Chapman was indicted on 28 counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Chapman and Haynes are Calhoun residents. Johnson lives in Dalton.

“These indictments show that the grand jury has determined that probable cause exists from the evidence presented that the defendants may now stand trial for the offenses contained within each of the indictments,” Gilmer County District Attorney Alison B. Sosebee said in a press release.

The Daily Citizen is not naming the victim in either case.

• On the count of aggravated sexual battery, the three men are accused of penetrating “the sexual organ of (victim) with a finger, a finger being a foreign object, without the consent of (victim) ...”

• On the count of sexual battery, the three men are accused of making “physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of (victim), without the consent of said person, by making physical contact with (victim’s) primary genital area with accused’s hand ...”

• On the sodomy count against Chapman, the indictment said he performed “a sexual act with the person of (victim), involving the sex organ of (victim) and the mouth of the accused, said act having been performed without consent of (victim) ...”

• On the sodomy count against Haynes, the indictment said he performed “a sexual act with the person of (victim), involving the sex organ of the accused and the mouth of (victim), said act having been performed without consent of (victim) ...”

The incident on May 10-11 at 20 Edgewater Drive in Coosawattee River Resort involved older teenagers from Calhoun High School who traveled there after their high school prom, bringing alcohol. Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson said there was beer, liquor and wine at the party and that it “sounds like the party was pretty out of control.”

The 18-year-old victim told a Calhoun Police Department officer the afternoon of May 11 she had been raped by “multiple guys” earlier that morning at the cabin, according to a Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The girl did not say who raped her, saying only that at about 2 a.m. she was “passed out” in an upstairs bathroom at the cabin.

For several weeks, Nicholson spoke about additional charges for one of the men.

In another indictment with a separate victim, Chapman was charged with 28 counts of sexual exploitation of children. The indictment said Chapman had pictures and videos on his Apple iPhone of a female minor under the age of 18. According to the indictment, the victim is in various stages of undress and “engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”

Chapman, Haynes and Johnson were charged in May with one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of possession of alcohol by an underage person. They were freed on bond. The men were not allowed to participate in graduation at Calhoun High. Johnson lost his baseball scholarship with Georgia Highlands College.

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