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Two high school students indicted for rapes in their schools

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Two high school students are indicted for raping girls inside their high schools, one at Monroe High and one at Westover High.

Both the students are juveniles,  but the District Attorney says both will be tried as adults for the violent crimes.

The District Attorney says both these rapes were done with pre-planning, and were violent attacks on 15 year old girls.   So both boys will prosecuted as adults, and could face decades in prison if convicted.

Dougherty County judicial authorities will not release the mug shots of the two boys charged with raping girls inside their high schools this year. 15 year old Fanoris Jermaine Jackson is charged with forcibly raping a 15 year old student September 16th. Prosecutors say he stalked and attacked her in a bathroom in Monroe High late in the school day.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said "It was essentially an ambush. And perhaps that individual, the victim, was perhaps identified by the defendant as someone he wanted to assault."

16 year old Shannon Lee Saunders was indicted for rape and aggravated assault for the rape of a 15 year old student at Westover High School May 23rd. Prosecutors say Saunders raped the girl after school hours in the school auditorium.

Edwards said neither of the boys used weapons while raping the girls, but that both girls suffered physical injuries.   And that both girls reported the rapes immediately.

Dougherty County School officials did not want to go on camera, but said that their Police arrested the boys, and that crimes like this will not be tolerated in their schools.

The District Attorney said despite the rapes, he believes Dougherty County Schools are safe, and parents should not be concerned.

Edwards said "These situations of rape generally reflect on individual acts. It's not a reflection on the security of the school or the environment of the school."

Jackson today is in the Dougherty County Jail, but Saunders has been released on bond.

School officials tell us that Shannon Saunders has been returned to class at Westover High School.

If convicted of rape, the boys would face a minimum mandatory 25 years in prison and could be sentenced to life in prison.

The District Attorney said the teens should be tried in January.

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