A judge denied bond Thursday for an 18-year-old special-needs student charged with raping a girl at Northeast High School on Jan. 19.
Antonio Deaundry Jackson is charged with rape and aggravated sodomy.
At least seven male students took turns forcing the 16-year-old girl, a special-needs student herself, to perform sex acts inside a school restroom, according to an arrest warrant signed for the aggravated sodomy charge Wednesday.
The warrant, which includes six sentences about the allegations, provides far more detail than an incident report that the Bibb County school system released Jan. 31, 12 days after the incident.
Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day, a student went to the girl’s classroom and told the girl that another teacher needed to see her. The girl was then “coerced” into the restroom, where the boys took turns forcing the girl to perform different sex acts, according to the warrant.
The girl later identified Jackson as one of the boys who had participated in the assault by “him being in a wheelchair.” Other boys involved identified Jackson by name, according to the warrant.
Six other students have been charged with rape in the incident: Ashley J. Clark, 17; Jimmie Lee McKnight, 17; and Greg L. Watkins, 17, will be charged as adults along with two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old whose names have not been released.
Although a prosecutor contended during a Thursday hearing that Jackson has use of his arms and legs, bailiffs helped move him from a wheelchair to another chair to get him into a jail courtroom for the hearing.
Court and jail personnel helped Jackson move back into his wheelchair inside the courtroom. His wheelchair couldn’t fit through the door without the wheels being removed.
Before the hearing began, Jackson shielded himself from the media by tucking his face into the neck of a white T-shirt he wore under an orange jail jumpsuit.
After the hearing, Jackson again covered his face with his shirt as he was transferred again into a straight chair and pulled through the narrow door.
During the hearing, prosecutor John Regan said witnesses have said Jackson participated in a sex act inside the bathroom. He’s also seen on video going into and leaving the restroom.
Jackson’s attorney, Andrew Foster, told Judge Ed Ennis that his client has cerebral palsy and a learning disability.
Regan said Jackson has admitted being in the bathroom. The prosecutor also argued that he entered the bathroom using “his own power.”
Foster argued that Jackson doesn’t pose a flight risk or danger to the community. His mother and father live locally.
He doesn’t have any prior convictions, Foster said.