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Man faces sex assault charges; battered woman stabs her attacker

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 32-year-old man on charges of sexual assault.

Brandon T. Harris, 20, of 450 Varner St. faces charges of criminal attempt to commit aggravated sodomy (Family Violence Act), sexual battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and battery (Family Violence Act).

According to NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were summoned to the Varner Street residence around 1 a.m. Tuesday with the complaint that a female had been physically and sexually assaulted.

The victim is 20-years-old and was staying at the residence at the time of the assault, Mitchell said.

Investigators interviewed the suspect and the victim, as well as other people who were on the scene and Mitchell said enough evidence was gathered to arrest Harris.

In other crime news, a man who was stabbed by his girlfriend who said she did it in self-defense was arrested and charged with battery, according to the Covington Police Department.

Demetrius L. Victor, 28, of 101 Oxford Drive, was transported to the Newton County Detention Center after a trip to Newton Medical Center to sew up his wounds around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers were called to 10146 Jefferson Village Blvd. by the victim who told them she stabbed her boyfriend in the leg while he was attacking her and that the suspect's mother had taken him to the hospital.

The victim told officers her boyfriend had hit her in the eye and knocked her down.

"(The victim) stated that she had a knife and stabbed him to defend herself," the incident report states. "There was blood running down the right side of her face ... her right eye was swollen and she had a small cut on the inside part of her nose."

After interviewing the victim, detectives made contact with Victor at the hospital where he had been treated and arrested him. They took him from the hospital to jail, but once at the detention center had to take him back to the hospital for additional stitches to his injuries. Once treated for the second time, he was taken back to jail.

The female will not be charged in the incident as detectives determined her injuries were consistent with her story.