Clayton County sheriff's deputies arrested four Morrow High School students Monday, and charged them with suspected gang activity.
Two of the students were arrested at the school, two others were picked up at their homes, said Sheriff's Investigator Spencer Norton.
Norton said three of the four are juveniles and can't be identified. They are charged with affray, disruption of public schools, and Violation of Georgia's Gang Act.
The fourth, Denzel Jerome Marshall, 17, of Rex, is being held in the Clayton County Jail on charges of gang activity, and conspiracy to commit a crime. He is set to make his first appearance today in Clayton County Magistrate Court.
Norton said a fifth suspect, also a juvenile, has fled to Texas.
The arrests stem from an incident on Oct. 28, behind Morrow High School, involving a fight among gang members and a sexual assault, apparently unrelated.
A 15-year-old female told police she'd been raped by a fellow student, 16, according to Sheriff's Lt. Brian Crisp.
However, a subsequent investigation revealed the girl to be a member of a street gang, who was participating in the initiation into another street gang, said Crisp. Investigators believe the girl was forced to have sex with multiple gang members as part of the initiation, he said.
One suspect, 16, was arrested and charged with statutory rape and Violation of the Georgia Gang Act, he said. Crisp said the teen admitted his involvement with the gang, and having sex with the girl.
Norton said it was a coincidence the gang members were fighting in the same area as the sexual assault.
"It is a coincidence, but there is a path that cuts back to Cobblestone Apartments, and they all live around there," said Norton. "They are down there all the time."