Tyler Perry, 19, Dayton Ross Jones, 20, and Samuel Miller, 18,
were charged with first-degree sodomy, promoting a sexual
performance by a minor and use of a minor in a sexual performance,
said Chris Miller, spokesman for the Christian County Sheriff’s
The men, along with two juveniles, are accused of assaulting the boy
on Sunday at a party in Hopkinsville, about 75 miles northwest of
Nashville, and capturing the incident on video that was shared on
cell phones. Authorities said they do not know if the incident was
The unidentified 15-year-old boy, who was critically injured in the
assault, remains in a Clarksville hospital but is improving, Miller
Perry was also charged with tampering with physical evidence, while
Jones and Miller also face charges of distribution of matter
portraying a sexual performance by a minor, authorities said.
Two 17-year-old juveniles have also been charged in the incident,
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Perry, Jones and Miller are being held on $1 million bond, each,
according to the Christian County Jail. The juveniles are being
Jones has been dismissed from the Arkansas State University golf
team, pending the investigation, local media reported.
(Reporting by Tim Ghianni in Nashville; Editing by Brendan O'Brien
and Eric Beech)
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