FRANKFORT, Ind. - The Clinton County prosecutor filed formal criminal charges against two high school students Tuesday.
The two Clinton Prairie High School seniors are accused of assaulting a 14-year-old freshman in the school locker room.
According to court documents, the crimes occurred on April 23, 24 and 25. The victim did not report the incidents, but other students told authorities after pictures appeared on Instagram and Snapchat.
Kyle Johnson, 19, is charged with three felony counts of criminal confinement and three counts of misdemeanor battery. Austin Martin, 18, faces the same charges.
The contact between the defendants and the victim at one point was described as horseplay. The prosecutor said that was not the case.
"It is a touching in a rude, insolent and angry manner. One of the defendants who is charged held the victim down, while the other one slapped or grabbed his butt cheeks," Clinton County Prosecutor Tony Sommer said.
"There will be more visible supervision. Students should report incidents, and I'm pounding home the message that students should treat each other with respect," Clinton Prairie School Corporation Superintendent Chris Sampson said.
School officials have started the expulsion proceedings for the two defendants.
"It appears that he will be expelled, he will not be able to graduate even though it’s about a week away," Martin’s attorney Brian Dekker said. "This kid has excellent grades, he was an athlete, had absolutely no conduct write-ups while in school. College is eventually on the horizon, but that is a step back because he will have to get a high school diploma."
The prosecutor said the victim is still recovering from the trauma of the experience.
Both defendants were free on $5,000 bond. Their jury trial is set for Sept. 9.