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Henry County teen accused of sexual battery to appear in court

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HENRY COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The Henry County High School student accused of sexually assaulting a classmate during school is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Union Grove High School student Eric Deshon Jones, 16, has been charged after a female student at his school claims he dragged her into a locker room and raped her.

Despite the fact that he is only 16 years old, Jones will be charged as an adult. Henry County Senior Assistant District Attorney Jim Wright said he would be charged as an adult because of the nature of his charges, which include aggravated sexual battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

CBS Atlanta News was the first to break the story over the weekend, when reporter Sonia Moghe spoke to the victim's mother.

The woman, who did not wish to be identified in order to protect her daughter's identity, said she was finally able to see surveillance video footage of the incident recorded on school security cameras on Monday.

"It was very disturbing," the mother said. "It was hard to watch."

She said the video shows Jones dragging her daughter against her will into a locker room.

"She says she was trying to fight him off, he then took his hand and forcefully went down inside of her underclothes and forcefully violated her," the mother tearfully recalled on Saturday.

The mother said surveillance video showed a lack of adult supervision in the hallways of the school. She said the attack lasted at least 10 minutes.

The incident involving her daughter comes several months after another sexual battery incident that happened at a Henry County elementary school. And yet another sexual battery incident happened at another Henry County school nearly two years ago at Dutchtown High School.

The latest victim's mother said the number of incidents at Henry County Schools shows that the district needs to make some changes in order to keep students safer.

District spokesman JD Hardin said officials have notified parents of the incident and that changes may be on the way.

"The incident in question, we do know, happened after school in an unauthorized area," Hardin said. "With that in mind, we are in the process of reviewing our after-school procedures and surveillance."

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