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College Dorm Gang Rape

Bond was set at $25,000 for each of the three teenagers charged in connection with the rape of a Copiah-Lincoln Community College student, police said.

WAPT first reported the attack Wednesday night. The girl reported the allegations to campus police Tuesday night. She said she was raped on the Wesson campus inside L. Russell Ellzey Hall, one of the male dorms on campus.

Timothy Graves and Antonio Davis, both 18, have been charged with rape. Justin Sandifer, 19, was charged with sodomy.

Graves and Sandifer are both Co-Lin students. They have been suspended from the college and depending upon the outcome of the investigation, they could be expelled, Co-Lin officials said. College officials said Davis is not a student.

Information about this case is hard to come by. College officials won't say how the three teenagers might have known the victim, and they're not releasing many details about the attack, citing student privacy rights.

On campus Thursday, students were still shocked by the alleged rape -- especially the girls who came to the accuser's aid just moments after she says she was attacked.

"We were asking her what happened, but she really couldn't talk back," said freshman Denisha Green.

"Some people just brought her in and she was, like, only had on shorts," said freshman Keshia Chatman. "She was unconscious and stuff like that."

Fellow students were first to try help the Co-Lin student Tuesday night. The students said they found the girl semi-conscious and vomiting.

"When I seen the girl, I really started believing it," said freshman Evoni Perryman. "She just looked so pale, and she was unresponsive to anything."

The students are preparing for homecoming Saturday, but the alleged attack dominated conversations on the close-knit campus.

"I felt sorry for her, because that could have been one of us," said freshman Alaurin Banks. "Thank God it wasn't. I tried to help her."

Co-Lin's dean of students would not talk to WAPT on camera, but she said the college has held seminars on rape for students in the past and holds regular dorm meetings. She said the college is now looking into setting up a comprehensive orientation program to discuss rape and other college life issues with new students.

College officials said they will wait for the results of the criminal investigation before determining whether any college rules were violated.

According to Co-Lin's rules, students who live in dorms on campus have a 1 a.m. curfew. Students of the opposite sex are not allowed in each other's dorm rooms, but share common areas. Each dorm has dorm moms and dads who monitor the students and a network of cameras monitors each building.

They said they will have to investigate how the alleged sexual assault happened despite the safeguards.


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Added: Oct-14-2009 
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