Newton Sheriff's Office upgrades sex abuse charges against Conyers woman

COVINGTON -- A Conyers woman who was charged in March with sex abuse offenses has been rearrested by Newton County authorities after an investigation led to the charges being upgraded.

Megan Leigh Kochis, 26, formerly of 85 Springfield Drive in Covington, and now of 4892 Hull Road, Conyers, has been charged with aggravated sexual battery and cruelty to children in the first degree.

Charges were first filed against Kochis in March after the Newton County Sheriff's Office learned that sometime between September 2012 and November 2012, while allegedly under the influence of drugs, Kochis was accused by a teenage girl of committing sexual battery against her.

"The juvenile confided in a friend at church who then reported it to DFACS," said NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Cortney Morrison, who said the 16-year-old female said that Kochis "placed 'hickies' on her chest and rubbed her private areas with her hands."

Also, the teen alleged that sometime during late September or October 2012 that Kochis blew marijuana smoke in the face of her 4-year-old while trying to make her go to sleep.

These allegations resulted in the original charges of sexual battery and cruelty to children in the second degree.

Morrison said, however, when a forensic interview was conducted with the 16-year-old victim a disclosure was made that there was actually more inappropriate touching that led to charges of aggravated sexual battery. The charge of cruelty to children was also upgraded to first degree.