From staff reports
Two teenage brothers from Valdosta accused of participating in the sexual assault of another teen in Rome have been granted bail.
Robert Darshawn Sharp, 17, of Valdosta was charged with aggravated sexual battery. Jamel Marshawn Sharp, 17, of Valdosta was charged with being party to the crime of aggravated sexual battery.
Both Sharp brothers were released on a combined $30,000 bail Thursday.
The brothers are being represented by Valdosta attorney Roy Copeland.
Dallas Kendrick Brown, 17, of Lawrenceville and Kenny Thomson Mason, 17, of Valdosta were also charged with being party to the crime of aggravated sexual battery.
All four of the teenagers were also charged with simple battery.
Brown and Mason were released on a $20,000 bail on Wednesday night. Brown is being represented by defense attorney Vic Reynolds of Rome. Mason is being represented by
Steve Lanier of Rome.
The young men were in town for a wrestling camp hosted by Team Georgia at Shorter University. The incident is alleged to have occurred July 8 in school dorms leased by the camp.
The victim told a wrestling coach that he and a group of boys had been playing when the boys held him down and Mason hit him. He said that group of boys left, and another group came in and held down his legs while he was assaulted with a toothbrush, according to the police incident report.
Detective Jeff Richerson with the Rome Police Department is investigating the case. He said the boys knew each other prior to the assault, but most likely some of them had just met while attending the wrestling camp.
July 12 Update: Four teens arrested over the weekend on aggravated sexual battery charges remain in the Floyd County Jail. Bond has been denied for all four suspects.
Rome police arrested four high school students in town for an athletic camp Saturday afternoon for assaulting a male juvenile on the Shorter University campus.
According to Floyd County Jail reports:
Robert Darshawn Sharp, 17, of Valdosta, was charged with aggravated sexual battery. Jamel Marshawn Sharp, 17, Valdosta, Dallas Kendrick Brown, 17, Lawrenceville and Kenny Thunson Mason, 17, Valdosta were all charged with being party to a crime of aggravated sexual battery. All four of the teenagers were also charged with simple battery.
Dawn Tolbert, a spokeswoman for Shorter University said that all four of the young men were in town for a wrestling camp hosted by Team Georgia, the state affiliate of USA Wrestling.
Tolbert said that Shorter University was renting its facilities, including dormitory space, to the athletic group and was not directly affiliated with the camp.
Jail documents allege that three of the suspects held the male victim while the fourth suspect is actually accused of assaulting the victim.
The incident is alleged to have occurred Friday evening around 10:20 p.m. at an undisclosed site on the Shorter campus.
All four of the suspects were being held in the Floyd County jail Saturday night pending bond.