Juvenile Thugs sexually assault girl on school bus

An unidentified female student reported being sexually assaulted on a school bus that left from Southeast High School on Tuesday. Maj. John Gibson with the sheriff’s office said Thursday afternoon no arrests had been made.

The girl, listed as a juvenile on a sheriff’s office incident report, told an investigator three male students “took turns holding her down” while they “fondled her breasts.” The girl said she tried to reach school officials when she got home “but couldn’t get ahold of anyone.” The report said she thought one of the males was a student at the Whitfield Career Academy and the other two attended Southeast. She said she bit one of the males on the arm. The sheriff’s office took the complaint at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

“We have turned over the bus video to the sheriff’s department and they are investigating,” said Eric Beavers, spokesman for Whitfield County Schools. “We will work with the sheriff’s department any way we can.”

Calls to principals Alan Long and Phillip Brown at Southeast and the Career Academy were not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 1:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Former wrestling coach strikes deal, pleads guilty

Jeremy Hendricks, 28, a former Marshalltown assistant wrestling coach, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual exploitation by a school employee and will be sentenced later this month.

Hendricks had originally been facing a felony charge, but struck a deal with prosecutors for the lesser charge.

“The court’s rules had deprived us of a substantial amount of evidence against him,” said Assistant Marshall County Attorney Paul Crawford.

Hendricks was accused of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student at Marshalltown High School. He was charged in 2005.

The deal means he will likely get no jail time for the crime. The prosecutor will be recommending probation.

“This will still require him to be on the sex offender registry,” Crawford said.

Crawford said he was also under the impression that Hendricks has surrendered his coaching license as a consequence of the situation.

The Iowa sex offender registry provides a searchable database of sex offenders and now also includes residency restrictions, limiting the locations sex offenders are able to live.

Published in: on January 14, 2008 at 8:25 pm  Leave a Comment