High Point man who sexually assaulted high school student faces new charges

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A High Point man, who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student at High Point Central High School last year, appeared in court Tuesday to face new charges.

Tavio De’Shawn Whitehead, 18, of High Point, is facing felony charges for being a sex offender on premises where children could be and a felony probation violation. High Point police charged Whitehead with assault on a female and injury to personal property on April 17. He turned himself in to police on April 22.

His new assault charge does not relate to the same victim, police said. Capt. Michael Kirk said the most recent assault happened on April 17 at High Point Central High School. Exactly who he is accused of assaulting and on what part of campus are still unclear.

Court representatives said Whitehead's mother and sister told them he has "anger issues" and "may benefit from seeing somebody."

District Court Judge Thomas Jarrell ordered Whitehead to have mental health evaluation. The judge said he considers Whitehead to be a danger to himself or others and poses a danger to the public.

Jarrell ordered that Whitehead is to be held without bond.

Whitehead entered a plea deal on March 31 of this year for the September 2015 assault of a 14-year-old girl on the High Point Central High School campus.

He was originally charged with first-degree rape and assault by strangulation inflicting serious injury. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges of assault by strangulation and sexual battery. He served six months in jail before the plea deal. He was added to the N.C. Sex Offender Registry April 5 and released.

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