Wake Forest HS student charged with sexual battery of classmate

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Wake Forest High School student is being accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student.

Seventeen-year-old Bobby Campbell, a junior at the school, has been accused of inappropriately touching a female classmate, who is also a 17-year-old junior at the school.

According to court documents, Campbell ran his hand up her leg until he reached the top of her thigh.

He was charged with one count of sexual battery.

LaTonya Gillis has a daughter at the school, who is senior, and knows the victim could have been her child, but she doesn't know how it could have been prevented.

She told ABC11, "Who really knows what a child is capable of when they go to school?"

"I really don't know how you would stop it. I mean it's impossible to have eyes everywhere," she added.

Gillis, who also has a son at the school, said she has spoken with him about having respect for females.

She said the best medicine for this crime will come from adults involved in the lives of young men. "At home with the parents letting the boys know right from wrong, what they should be doing, basically respect girls, females and their bodies," Gillis said.

Campbell was arrested at the school on Wednesday after detectives spent days investigating the incident, which happened on Feb. 8 according to court documents.

He was released from jail the same day.

Gillis has a message for the victim and other girls. "It was not her fault. She has nothing to be ashamed of, and that she told someone was the best thing that she could have done because you know a lot of kids out here may have thought it was their fault, may have kept it inside and never said anything about it which accumulates more and more problems."

Gillis continued by saying that she's glad the victim reported the crime and hopes she gets justice.

School officials said federal laws prevent them from discussing any disciplinary action that may have been taken against Campbell.
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