Chapman was on probation at the time of the alleged assault, sheriff’s officials told The AJC. Calhoun City School officials banned all three seniors from graduation ceremonies.
Detectives were very careful with the investigation, interviewing more than 50 witnesses, Nicholson said.
“This has been a very emotional case, certainly for the City of Calhoun and Calhoun High School,” Nicholson said at a May news conference.
The girl told deputies that she couldn’t remember who assaulted her and passed out at the cabin around 2 a.m., according to the sheriff’s report.
“Her injuries were substantial,” Nicholson said.
District Attorney Alison Sosebee noted that aggravated sexual battery is punishable with a sentence of up to 25 years.
The sexual exploitation of a minor charges against Chapman involve a separate person, Sosebee said. They involve digital images or videos that Chapman allegedly possessed on his phone of a minor engaged in “sexually explicitly conduct,” Sosebee said.