ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School System police are investigating a Nov. 17 incident between two 6-year-old, first-grade boys in a bathroom at Jackson Heights Elementary School. The incident prompted one boy’s mother to file a complaint.
According to the DCSS police report, the boys’ teacher, Faye Ashley, noticed that the “alleged victim and suspect had gone to the bathroom for an unusually long time so she went to check on them. When the teacher arrived she saw the two boys in the bathroom together and the alleged victim made the outcry to her that the suspect tried to put his private parts in his rectum.
“A forensic interview and sexual assault examination was done at the Lily Pad/Firefly House (Sexual Assault Center/Child Advocacy Center) on the alleged victim. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner reported there was no physical evidence of a sexual assault found during the examination of the alleged victim.”
The alleged victim’s mother wants her son removed from Jackson Heights.
“All I want to do is get my son out of that school,” the woman said. “They are telling me that they are still investigating, but I want my baby out of Jackson Heights now.”
The mother also was upset about a delay in her being informed of the incident.
“It happened on Wednesday, but I wasn’t told about it until Thursday,” She said. “That’s not right.”
DCSS police later conducted a recorded interview with the suspect in the presence of his parents.
“During the interview the suspect reported the alleged victim came into the bathroom stall with him and asked him if he wanted to ‘hunch,’” the report said. “The suspect reported his idea of ‘hunching’ is when a man and a woman make contact with their genitals.
“The suspect denied the allegations made against him and reported the alleged victim was the sexual aggressor.”
DCSS police say the investigation is ongoing. “The case is still pending. Both individuals are six years old and that makes an investigation very difficult,” DCSS Police Chief Troy Conley said. “We are currently working with the district attorney, and this is not an open-and-shut case, but that has been difficult to convey to the mother. There is a lot of ‘he said’ and ‘he said’ going on.
“We are considering criminal charges, but we are also looking at judicial remedies such as counseling.”
In the meantime the school system is mulling over options while it awaits the investigation’s conclusion.
“We have several options available to us,” DCSS Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer said. “We can require counseling for the students and their parents. We can also remove one or both of them from school. Still, we won’t make a decision until we get all the information we can on the case.”