In the nearby Smithville area, a DeKalb County High School student who allegedly placed a female classmate in a choke hold and grabbed her breasts at school Monday, February 22 has been charged with sexual battery and aggravated assault.
18 year old Benjamin Franklin Brooks, III of Dale Ridge Road, Smithville is under a $40,000 bond and he will make a court appearance on March 17.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, February 22 the female student, a juvenile, had just returned to her seat in the lunchroom after disposing of some trash when Brooks kicked her bag. When she asked him who he thought he was, Brooks placed her in a choke hold and grabbed her breasts. The girl repeatedly called for Brooks to get his hands off her but he continued the assault. He grabbed her by the neck with his left hand and started to choke her while continuing to grab her breasts with his right hand.
The School Resource Officer placed the charges against Brooks after reviewing the school's surveillance video to verify the girl's story.
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