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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]
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