Students face sex charges in bus incident

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON — Two Newton County School System students face criminal charges after they allegedly had sexual contact with a female student on a school bus.

Charged in the incident are Tindale Thomas Kemp Jr., 17, of 160 Brighton Drive, and Brandon Raven Martin, 17, of 240 East Country Woods Drive. Each faces charges of sodomy, aggravated sodomy, child molestation, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and public indecency.

Lt. Keith Crum with the Newton County Sheriff's Office said the charges stem from a review of a videotape made on bus 20-16 on the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 29.

"The videotape of a school bus was reviewed and it appeared as if a juvenile female was having oral sex with two 17-year-old students," Crum said.

Crum said the incident involved a 15-year-old female student. He said the legal age of consent is 16.

Crum said the investigation began after the Sheriff's Office was notified of the alleged incident by the Newton County School System. He said it was unclear what prompted the notification by the school system.

Information from the school system was not available as of press time Wednesday.

According to the school system's website, both students' addresses are zoned for Alcovy High School.

Crum said Martin and Kemp are each being held at the Newton County Detention Center on property bonds of $26,000.

In other news, a 10-year-old South Salem Elementary School student was taken into custody on Dec. 10 after it was discovered he brought a knife to school.

Crum said the boy was coming into the school at about 8:15 a.m. when a knife dropped out of his book bag.

Crum said school personnel saw the knife, escorted the boy to the office and the resource officer was contacted. Charges in Juvenile Court will be forthcoming, Crum said.

In a separate incident, a 15-year-old male student was found with a knife in his possession at Alcovy High School on Dec. 8. Crum said administrators got word that the student might be carrying a knife. A search was conducted with the resource officer standing by and a knife was recovered from the student. He was transported to Juvenile Court, Crum said.