Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Three Dixie Hollins High students accused in sexual assault on school bus

A Dixie Hollins High School student was sexually battered on a school bus by another student as two others acted as lookouts, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Three students at Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, were arrested on Thursday. Branden Allen, 18, was charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment, both felonies.

Jacolbi Williams, 15, and Jermeil Douse, 16, were charged as principals to sexual battery and false imprisonment, also felonies. Sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said the three suspects were football players at the school.

Deputies say the incident happened on school grounds about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on the bus that stays late to take home students who participate in after-school activities. The driver left to round up students who were running late.

That's when Allen of 5432 Lynn Lake Drive in St. Petersburg forced the empty bus door open and got on, deputies say. The victim followed, looking for a seat. Then Williams, 2901 Fourth Ave. S in St. Petersburg, and Douse, 1535 Scanton St. S in St. Petersburg, entered and acted as lookouts while Allen sexually battered the girl by digitally penetrating her, deputies say.

The girl, who was not identified, repeatedly told them to stop, but the abuse didn't end until other students got on the bus, Pasha said. Afraid, the girl did not report the incident until she got home, Pasha said.

The incident was caught on a surveillance camera, and the suspects are identifiable in the video, Pasha said. Allen and Williams made some admissions, she said.

Allen, the only adult, was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on $55,000 bond. The other teens were taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Three Dixie Hollins High students accused in sexual assault on school bus 05/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 1:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. PolitiFact Florida: Claim that 5.7 million noncitizens voted is wrong

    State Roundup

    President Donald Trump's unfounded allegations that millions voted illegally in 2016 is back in the news, with his supporters pointing to a new analysis that claims millions of undocumented immigrants voted in 2008.

    Instances of noncitizens voting have been reported, but evidence points to a small number among millions of votes cast.  
  2. For Fourth of July, an American feast inspired by founding father Alexander Hamilton

    Cooking

    Are there a million things you haven't done? Is one of them throwing a patriotic party inspired by one of the founding fathers?

    Caribbean Pork With Potato Salad makes for the perfect Fourth of July meal.
  3. 'Baby Driver' literally turns heist movie genre on its ear, set to slick soundtrack

    Movies

    Buckle up for Baby Driver, a movie so full throttle cool that you want to fist bump the screen. Style is the substance of Edgar Wright's inventive heist flick, a fresh, masterful synching of music and getaway mayhem, as if La La Land's traffic jam was moving, armed and dangerous.

    Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway driver for heist arranger Doc (Kevin Spacey). Plagued by tinnitus, Baby tunes out his distracting “hum in the drum” by listening to music while he drives.
Sony Pictures
  4. Former mayor Rick Baker, left, is challenging incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, to become St. Petersburg mayor
  5. Life after HB7069 to be discussed at Pinellas school district workshop

    Blogs

    The Pinellas County school district is still trying to navigate life after the controversial passage of HB7069.