Coldspring students arrested in sex assault

May 1, 2008 9:03:41 PM PDT
Three teenagers are now behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl back in February during a middle school basketball game.It allegedly happened at Lincoln Junior High in San Jacinto County.

On Feb. 11, an eighth-grade female student at Lincoln Junior High was at a basketball game in the gymnasium. The San Jacinto County assistant district attorney says somehow, the girl ended up in the parking lot, inside a vehicle with three Coldspring-Oakhurst High School students, one of whom she knew.

According to a grand jury indictment, that's where the junor high girl was held against her will and sexually assaulted by the three high school students.

After a month-and-a-half investigation, two of Patricia Lee's sons were arrested for the crime on Monday at the high school, along with another male student. Seventeen-year-old Bertis Chapman is her oldest son.

"They all knew the girl. They're like grouped together. They all went to school together," she said.

Despite the allegations of kidnapping and sexual assault listed in the indictment, Lee says this has all been fabricated.

"It's a misunderstanding. The girl went and lied and her mama took it the wrong way. I wish her mother would have come and talked to the parents, you know, before she got all this out of control like this," Lee said.

At this point, Chapman is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child. Two other minors are also charged with engaging in delinquent conduct, but the district attorn here in San Jacinto County told Eyewitness News on Thursday night that they are considering whether to ask the judge to try the suspects as adults.

Meanwhile, Eyewitness News was told the victim is doing better and after taking some time off, she is back in school.

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