Teens Sentenced to Jail For Sexual Assault of 13-Year-Old Special Needs Girl, But Won't Go To Jail Until After Graduation

| by Dominic Kelly

Three high school students in Commerce, Georgia are being sent to jail for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old special needs girl, but the judge’s sentence will actually allow them to attend class for the remainder of the school year.

Nicholas Joiner, Timothy Jermaine Clay, and Drashun Upadhyay will all be allowed to attend school but will be forced to go to jail within a week of their graduation in May. All three East Jackson Comprehensive High School students have been charged with various crimes, including child molestation and even statutory rape for one.

In total, six young men are involved with this case and will all be charged. Joiner, Clay, and Upadhyay all received four years of confinement in jail and 20 years of probation, among other sentences.

The sexual assault against the 13-year-old girl occurred in December 2012, and even though the perpetrators could begin their sentences now, legal experts say that it’s not uncommon for sentences to be delayed for convincing reasons like high school graduation.