After getting new information, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of rape at Hixson High School, authorities said Tuesday night.
Early last week, the HCSO school resource officer and Hixson High School administrators learned of the incident after someone brought it to the attention of a faculty member.
Authorities investigated the situation and notified Child Protective Services, HCSO Criminal Investigations Division detectives and the Hamilton County district attorney’s office, according to a news release.
“The [student resource officer] spoke with the custodial parent and the victim at the time of the report, and the indication was neither wished to seek prosecution at that time,” according to the HCSO. “This information was then relayed to the Criminal Investigations Division. After further review, no further action was taken by law enforcement.”
On Tuesday, an immediate family member of the victim reached out to detectives and shared information and concerns that prompted authorities to reopen the case.
The Hamilton County district attorney’s office has also been contacted and made aware of the new information. HCSO officials will work with the district attorney’s office as the investigation moves forward, according to a news release.
“Because state law dictates what law enforcement agencies are allowed to release in cases involving juveniles, the HCSO is limited to what details can be released,” officials said in the release. “No further information is available at this time.”
Updated @ 8:03 a.m. on 1/24/18 to correct a typographical error.