A former Lindley Middle School student is wanted by police after being accused of raping a fellow student in the boys’ bathroom at the school on May 1.
Travion Malick Hubbard of Austell is accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl into the bathroom at Lindley Middle School on May 1 around 12:30 p.m. and sodomizing her.
Cobb County Police have issued a warrant for Hubbard’s arrest on charges of aggravated sodomy and two counts of aggravated child molestation. He is listed on the warrant as a resident of the 6000 block of Ivy Log Drive in Austell.
“We can’t find him at this point,” Sgt. Dana Pierce, spokesman for Cobb Police Department, said Tuesday.
The teenage boy has been charged as an adult due to the severity of the allegations against him, Pierce said.
Sgt. Mike Rolfe with the Cobb County School District’s public safety department said his agency learned about the incident several hours after it happened and immediately reported it to Cobb County Police.
“The principal reported it, we reported it and Crimes Against Children took it over,” he said, referring to Cobb P.D.’s Crimes Against Children unit. “We started working on it that night with the county.”
As far as what is going on with the case now, Rolfe is unsure because it’s being investigated by the county.
But Rolfe did confirm that both the girl and Hubbard were students at Lindley when this incident allegedly occurred. He would not say what grade the students were in or if it happened between classes or during a lunch period.
Pierce declined to give the accused boy’s age. The warrant lists him only as between the ages of 14 and 18.
Pierce also could not say if the boy returned to school after the rape had been reported on May 1.
He said there was a reason why it took more than a month from the time when the incident was reported to when the police issued the warrant for Hubbard’s arrest. He declined to be more specific.
“This is an active and ongoing investigation. It is compounded or complicated with the complexity of the case,” Pierce said. “Things were happening as information was getting out, and that’s what typically happens when actions that allegedly occurred happen at a school.
“This particular case, because it happened within a school, it has complicated itself with the number of people we are trying to interview and talk with and get their knowledge of what may have happened. You’re talking about a middle school here.”
Pierce said Hubbard’s family has not moved out of the area.
“No. That is not an issue,” he said. “We’ve been in contact with family members and we’re asking them to assist us in this investigation. We’re going to get to the root of it.”
Rolfe said he could not recall an incident of this nature ever happening at Lindley before.
“Lindley has a phenomenal principal down there and the staff is great and would know if something is going on,” he said. “It’s never happened there that we’re aware of.”
Crimes Against Children is an extension of the Cobb County Police Department that investigates any crime that involve minors, including child abuse or neglect, sexual offenses, domestic snatchings, missing persons, aggravated assaults or batteries, robbery, Internet crimes involving children and commercial sexual exploitation of children.