COVINGTON -- An 11-year-old Flint Hill Elementary School student faces charges of indecent exposure after he allegedly exposed himself to two young girls on a school bus Wednesday morning.
According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison, it was also discovered the youngster had sent text messages to three elementary-school age girls containing a photo of his genitals. Accordingly, he will also be charged with electronically furnishing obscene material to minors.
The 11-year-old was charged through Juvenile Court and was released to the custody of his parents.
Also, school resource officers are investigating the discovery of a BB pistol and ammunition for it at Clements Middle School Monday. Morrison said investigators have a sixth-grade suspect.
"A teacher observed a sixth-grader with a bag that looked like he had something in it," Morrison said. "When the student saw the teacher looking at him, he said, 'Hey, look what I found in the bathroom,' and he pulled out a cartridge that you load into a BB gun and BBs."
The teacher took the student and the items to the office and had him wait to see an administrator.
"During that time the student gets up to go to the restroom and the receptionist in the office became suspicious," Morrison said. "She went into the restroom and found a BB gun in the trash."
Morrison said the gun was a pistol, all black and with no identifying marks to show it was not a gun that shot bullets.
The investigation into where the gun came from and who it belongs to is ongoing, Morrison said.
In other crime news, more than $5,000 worth of gasoline has been stolen from a Salem Road convenience store over a period of 2 weeks.
Morrison said the manager of the Golden Pantry at 3538 Salem Road called deputies to the store about 9 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and reported that someone had tampered with four different gas pumps, resulting in the loss of more than 1,400 gallons of gas.
Apparently, the amount of the sale reflected on the cash register in the store stops while gas is still being pumped into a vehicle, Morrison said.
Later the same night of the initial report, the manager said he observed a white Dodge Stratus pull up to the tanks.
"A black male gets out and begins pumping gas. The sale stops at 21-cents in the store, but the gas was still being distributed into the vehicle. The clerk goes out and says, 'I'm calling the police,' Morrison said, adding that the black female driver left and the male was last seen wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and walking down Kirkland Road.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400 or go to NCSO website at www.newtonsheriffga.org.