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Franklin teens charged with sexual battery

Published 3:14pm Thursday, October 31, 2013

CHESAPEAKE—In an incident dating back to August 2013, multiple Franklin teenage girls are facing sexual battery charges, and one has been arrested after an investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake office, said Sgt. Michelle Anaya, spokesperson for the VSP.

The victims in the incident, which occurred in Northampton County, are also female teenagers.

A 17-year old was arrested on Oct. 22 for one count of animate sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery, attempted animate object sexual penetration and sexual battery, Anaya said.

Five additional females from Franklin have also been petitioned through Northampton County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, she added. Two of these teenagers have each been charged with one count of animate object sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery, attempted animate object sexual penetration and sexual battery. The remaining three teens were charged with animate object sexual penetration and sexual battery. All five teens, ranging from age 14 to 17, were released on a summons.

The Virginia State Police declined to comment further because this is an ongoing investigation involving juveniles.

Likewise, Franklin Public School Superintendent Dr. Michelle Belle would not comment further because the incident involves a confidential student matter.

“We have followed through with the FCPS disciplinary procedures with regard to this incident,” said Belle.

  • HarleyGurl

    Not sure what everyone else thinks or knows but I want to know what exactly FCPS disciplinary procedures are!! Are these girls still going to school?

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  • JOHN

    South Street Animals

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    • Saeit

      Hold on sir, no one that lives on South Street is an animal!! Your Mayor lives on South Street and she is far from an animal. Really some people are soooo Ignorant!! This includes you and this stupid statement that you are making. Grow up!

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    • Kmart3008

      @John, Why do you say “South Street Animals” are you referring to the girls involved? If so, what does that have to do with South Street? I am just curious?

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    • SandMan

      @John….don’t stereotype! One girl was from Cameron St., one was from Walnut St, one was from Dorchester.
      We don’t need the “South Street” label being put on people! Let’s keep race out of this!

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  • SlimPickens

    Animals……..every last one of them…..Animals.

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  • wannabe

    Maybe the powers to be in Richmond need to take a long hard look at the administrators at FCPS. ASAP

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    Can some one tell us what this has to do with a funeral? Did the victim die? Loss of a little angel, baby? Please fill me in?

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  • keepingitreal

    This goes to show…They can hide what THEY don’t want to get out!!!..As far as FRANKLIN CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS….THEY NEED TO BE IN SCHOOL SEVEN DAYS A WEEK UNTIL THEY CAN FIX WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE SCHOOL.SYSTEM….THEY NEED TO BE AT SCHOOL!!TRULY IT IS A TRAGEDY ABOUT THE LITTLE ANGEL…MAY GOD BLESS AND COMFORT HER FAMILY,FRIENDS AND ALL WHO WERE AFFECTED BY THE LOST OF THIS BABY!!MY PRAYERS TO ALL CONCERNED!!

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  • FromHere

    What is so sad, is the amount of this type of “assault” that goes on among young girls these days. These just got caught. Teenage girls have always been mean to each other, but their choices of things to do to others have accelerated. Seems to be no holds barred now. It’s both sad and disgusting.

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  • JustWondering

    Did I read August? Did my calendar say November? Can we say not news but good secret keeping? And you thought our leader wasn’t skilled? Did I read about any suspended staff? Sad. Sad.

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    • wahoohick

      All I will say is, if this had happened on my watch, I’d be history.

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  • spdrewry

    some heads should roll!

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  • DryRain

    So do these girls still attend school? If so why? Morals have been thrown right out the window since Belle has taken over. I am not surprised.

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    • wahoohick

      It’s my understanding that they attend school, but at another time of the day?

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      • DryRain

        If they had been white they would have been expelled for at least a year. Do you want some examples? White vs. Black. Whites have been expelled for over a year for far far less, while blacks keep doing the same things over and over and never even get sent home.

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  • god

    Praying for all involved because no one knows the truth only want you have been told ,,,,,,,,,God have mercy for the City of Franklin …………on both sides of the tracks

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  • spdrewry

    School was not in session in August, therefore must have been an athletic team (just a guess). Where were the coaches?

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    • SandMan

      It was the Volleyball team. Two coaches on the bus….one was asleep in the front seat.
      This according to three Teachers @ FHS who are under a gag order.

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  • beachgirl

    Dr. Belle made it quite clear that in order to go to the funeral the teachers would have to call in sick that morning.

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  • 2short2tall

    @sandman there was teachers there

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    • SandMan

      I’m hoping you meant..”there WERE teachers there”. Anyway…..they were forced to take a sick day. Dr. Belle would not allow the teachers to attend on school time.

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  • SandMan

    Just wait until the citizens hear that Dr. Belle refused to allow the teachers to attend the little Sledge girl’s funeral. Sad on several levels.

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  • Lindsay Pitts

    The disgusting violent nature of this crime warrants someone being locked up. These ‘ladies’ should not be out and about where they can prey on their next victim.

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  • dng2jak

    The sad truth is the parents obviously don’t care. I’m shocked some of these kids even show up in school. Correct, discipline should start at home, but a lot of parents send their children to school because they have to, only to take the worry off of them for a few hours a day while the teachers (severely underpaid, I might add) are supposed to not only educate them but raise them. In my opinion the parents are just as responsible as the kids.

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    • dng2jak

      AND no student(s) of any age should be on a bus without some form of a chaperone. That only, opens the door for awful things like this to happen. I guess if a fight breaks out, it’s left to the bus driver to handle? Where were the coaches? My mind is blown on so many levels at the disgusting nature of this!

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      • jigganva

        VfrThere were two teachers on the bus and the bus driver. Although this got way out of hand, the back of the bus in history has been a cause or concern on long trips. Most of the time it was innocent enough to not warrant jail time but this incident is extreme and reflects on FHS as a place out of control. Start Lookin for new leadership top down! My worthless two cents! Any adults on the bus should be reprimanded! It had to get loud on the bus!

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  • SSEAL42

    One of these girls that was arrested attended a Southampton Academy football game the following week because from what SHE said she was banned from any FHS functions, which she should be. What I can’t comprehend is how, after all the trouble she’s in, would any parent allow them out as if they haven’t done anything. Discipline starts at home,and a lack of it just spills over into every aspect of the kids life. No excuse for what she did, but why reward it and allow her to go out on a Friday night as if it’s no big deal

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    • SandMan

      Thanks for the “tip” SSEALS. We’ve had problems with FHS & SHS students being dropped off at SA during football games, as if SA is to be used as a “babysitter”. Several have been escorted off the school grounds by the Courtland Sgt.We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for this wayward young “lady” from now on!

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  • employee2

    And the news about FCPS keeps getting better.

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  • broman

    The school buses in our district have cameras. I hope there was one on this bus. And FCPS leaders definitely didn’t want this incident public knowledge before they went before the BOE.

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    • wahoohick

      The school buses in Franklin have camera “boxes” that a camera can be installed in and then hooked up. Meaning that their buses do not have cameras on board at all times. When a camera is needed, it is obtained by the driver from the transportation supervisor, then installed by the driver into the “box” on the bus. The bus that this incident occurred on was the Bronco Stampede. The school district’s activity bus. This bus is a transit style bus. The bus driver was told to drive it to the athletic event in South Hill, for only 14 female athletes. This bus will hold 60+students. Way too much bus for so few students. A regular school bus should have been driven instead. Beside that fact there was two adults on that bus that night. Those two are responsible for those athletes actions, NOT THE DRIVER! The blame should lay at those two adults feet.They should have been aware and in control of their athletes not asleep.

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  • skooch

    There is no chaperone on any buses (with the exception of special needs buses) in any county.

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  • 2fishy

    and people wonder what is wrong with fcps, how can u teach kids like this.

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    • simplifyingit

      you teach kids like this discipline first..have them arrested over and over again until they conform to societies rules and laws or put them in prison. You don’t cover it up to save the reputation of a failing school.Accountability for your actions is the biggest thing missing in our world today. Once these trouble makers are gone from the school system the rest can be educated and your school reputation will go back up!
      Never…..never “act like nothing happened” just to avoid stirring the waters. It’s a 3″ snowball rolling downhill!

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  • SandMan

    Kudos to the TN staff for uncovering the “hush job” being displayed by FCPS over the past two months!It would have been less confusing however, if TN had given some background on the fact that the accused were FHS students & the crimes were alleged to be committed on a city schoolbus. The only statement that discloses the “who” & “where” is Dr. Belle giving the standard “no comment”.

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  • dng2jak

    This is disgusting & very sad! Was there a chaperone on the bus, if not, why? They should be tried as adults! I hope that the parents of the victims are making sure their children are getting the counseling that I’m sure they need. What a scary world we live in.

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