2 teen girls accused of sex assault on teen resident at Devereux treatment facility
by Lindsay Field
February 27, 2013 12:44 AM | 11676 views | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emonaysia Lydeana Banton
Emonaysia Lydeana Banton
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Two teenage girls living at the Devereux Georgia Treatment Network in Kennesaw are accused of sexually assaulting another teenage resident of the facility on Feb. 5.

Emonaysia Lydeana Banton, 17, and another female under the age of 17 were both arrested Feb. 22 on felony aggravated sexual battery charges.

According to the warrant, Banton is accused of wrapping a pencil with tissue paper and plastic wrap and sexually assaulting a teenage girl under the age of 18.

The underage suspect, whose name is withheld, is accused of removing the victim’s clothing and holding her down while Banton assaulted her.

Mike Bowman, a spokesman for Cobb County Police Department, declined to comment on the case.

Cobb County Jail records show that Banton, who is from Covington, remains in jail on a hold without bond for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

Booking information for the underage suspect, who is under the age of 17, is not being released.

Requests for comment Tuesday from Devereux were not immediately returned.

This is not the first time Devereux Georgia has been the scene of an alleged sexual assault.

In May 2012, a Hoschton man was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old he was supervising at the center. In a case still pending in Cobb Superior Court, Jimmy Anthony Singleterry, 41, faces charges of aggravated child molestation, statutory rape and sexual assault.

In 2003, two 16-year-old boys were accused of raping a woman after they ran away from the center, and in 2000, a former counselor was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old who came to the center for help.

Devereux Georgia is licensed to serve 100 children up to the age of 21, who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges brought on by abuse, neglect, mental illness, sexual exploitation, or intellectual/developmental disabilities, according to its website.
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