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Final two arrests made in JSU rape investigation

Ashleigh Crouch, News Correspondent

Two additional suspects were charged in with second-degree rape in connection with the series of reported statutory rapes that allegedly occurred in and around JSU.

According to Jay Harrington, an investigator in the Calhoun-Cleburne Major Crimes Unit, the two additional suspects were both arrested on Monday, Sept. 30, bringing the total of suspects up to twelve.

Harrington confirmed that Monday’s arrest are expected to be the last ones connected to this case and that there are no more outstanding warrants. 

All of the eleven people charged with second-degree rape involve the same victim, and the charge of second-degree sodomy involves a second victim.

On Sept. 20, the names and mugshots of nine suspects arrested in connection with the case were released by the Calhoun County Jail.

Those names are James Lyle, 19, charged with second-degree rape; Walker Harris, 18, charged with second-degree sodomy; Reece Barton, 19, charged with second-degree rape; Avory Triston Cosby, 20, charged with second-degree rape; Seth Robert Emmenegger, 22, charged with second-degree rape; Christian Lane Homesley, 19, charged with second-degree rape; Daniel Ralph George, 18, charged with second-degree rape; Caleb Matthew Lafollette, 21, charged with second-degree rape and Kyler Taran Morgan, 18, charged with second-degree rape.

The names of the two final arrests made have not yet been made public.

The JSU crime log has records of six incidents that occurred between January 1, 2019 and September 3, 2019 at Meehan Hall, Dixon Hall, Sparkman Hall, the parking lot of Rowe Hall and off campus on Mountain Street. 

Bill Broome, a defense attorney for several of the suspects in this case, called the victim a “predator” and stated that she had “a fake university ID and used social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Tinder to present herself as an adult”. Broome alleges that the victim is a 15-year-old girl who identified herself as a 19-year-old JSU student to several of the suspects.

JSU students were notified of an ongoing investigation involving “non-students coming onto JSU property of communicating with JSU students by electronic means” via email on September 12 and urged to be cautious on-campus and when speaking to anyone online. Extra security measures were also added in Meehan and Sparkman Halls to ensure the safety of the residents. 

Under Alabama state law, a person is guilty of second-degree rape if  “being 16 years or older, he or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex less than 16 and more than 12 years old, provided, however, the actor is at least two years older than the member of the opposite sex.” 

Second-degree rape is considered a Class B felony and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000. 

Harrington stated that “this was an isolated incident, and the students, faculty and staff of JSU are safe.”

Nine charged in connection with rapes reported in Jacksonville

Scott Young, News Editor

Nine people have been charged with second-degree rape in connection with the six alleged statutory rapes reported to have occurred in or around the campus of Jacksonville State University.

“The investigation led me to the campus of JSU and arrests have been made in the case,” said Jay Harrington, an investigator with the Calhoun-Cleburne Major Crime Units, to CBS 42. “There have been 12 warrants issued and nine arrests made as of now.”

The men involved range from the ages of 18 to 22 and are from cities such as Anniston, Jacksonville, Guntersville and Centre. Investigators have said that these men were involved in numerous instances of sex acts with two girls between the ages of 12 and 16.

One Jacksonville man was charged with second-degree sodomy and is the only person charged in connection to the second victim mentioned.

The JSU crime log records six incidents reported between January 1, 2019 and September 3, 2019 that reportedly occurred at Rowe Hall, Meehan Hall, Sparkman Hall, Dixon Hall and on Mountain Street.

In the state of Alabama, a person has committed rape in the second-degree if  “being 16 years or older, he or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex less than 16 and more than 12 years old, provided, however, the actor is at least two years older than the member of the opposite sex.” 

The offense carries potential penalties of between two and 20 years in prison, and a fine of as much as $30,000.

On Sept. 12, JSU sent an email to the student body informing students of possible criminal misconduct that involved non-students entering campus and “communicating with JSU students by electronic means.” Further, the email urged students to “be cautious and circumspect, especially when using social media as a means of communication.”

Sam Monk, JSU’s general counsel, confirmed that the suspects were given notice of their arrest and released on bond.

“I can say, without hesitation, there has never been any indication that there is any risk to students,” said Monk.

JSU released the following statement in response to the investigation:

“We are aware of an ongoing investigation by another agency. The university police is assisting with the investigation. The university is fully cooperating. No more statements will be made at this time due to privacy laws. There is no risk to our students. The investigation is ongoing.”

(UPDATE: 3:16 p.m. CST, Investigator Jay Harrington of the Calhoun-Cleburne Major Crimes Unit informed the Chanticleer that there are still three outstanding warrants to be served. Harrington said that the first victim made the initial report promoting an investigation and that throughout the investigation he developed a second victim. He further stated that he is limited in the information he can provide to the public but that he is working to “unmuddy the waters.”)

Photo courtesy of Grace Cockrell/JSU