A 15-year-old Thomaston middle school student facing rape charges was certified as an adult last week in Magistrate Court, denied bond and bound over to Upson Superior Court.
Justin Passmore, 15, 113 Thurston Avenue, is charged with felony rape in connection with an alleged Sept. 4 attack on a 13-year-old girl.
Passmore appeared before Magistrate Judge William Hughley Oct. 1 in a preliminary hearing held in the courtroom at the Upson County Jail and was later taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center in Griffin.
Testimony revealed that shortly after 6 p.m., Passmore allegedly went to visit the girl at her Avenue F. residence and was greeted at the door by the victim's sister. The sister then went to a back room of the house, sat at her computer and put headphone on, preventing her from hearing what happened next.
Though Passmore has recently been attending the Upson-Lee Alternative School, he and the victim apparently knew each other and were former middle school classmates.
According to testimony from the case's lead investigator, Monica Snipes of the Thomaston Police Department, Passmore then pulled the girl into a storage shed attached to the house and attacked her.
The girl did not report the attack until the next day when she broke down during a class at Upson Lee Middle School and was sent to the counselor there.
Written testimony from a local physician indicated that the girl had internal injuries consistent with rape.