Teen gets 7 years in Macon high school assault

A Macon teenager was sentenced to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a Northeast High School student with the intent to rape her.

Ikeia Phillips, 19, of a Kings Park Circle address, was initially charged with rape, but he pleaded guilty in Bibb County Superior Court Monday to aggravated assault with the intent to rape.

Prosecutor Nancy Scott Malcor said a 16-year-old special education student reported to authorities that she went into a computer lab at the school on May 8, 2008, to retrieve her jacket.

Phillips and three other students were inside the classroom at the time, but no teacher was present, she said.

Inside the classroom, Phillips pulled the girl’s arm and pushed her, Malcor said. The girl told police that Phillips “pulled down her clothes and had sexual intercourse with her, and she told him to stop,” Malcor said.

The prosecutor said the three other students were inside the computer lab during the assault, but Phillips’ attorney, Cheryl Milton, said the students gave conflicting statements about what happened. Some of them said it was consensual, Milton said.

Malcor said the girl had sustained a childhood brain injury, and tests show she is mildly to moderately mentally retarded.

Phillips admitted to police that he had sex with the girl in the classroom and that she never consented, Malcor said.

The episode happened about 2 p.m. that day, according to police records.

After his prison sentence is complete, Phillips also must serve eight years on probation, with sex offender conditions.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.