A former DeKalb County Police officer, who was indicted and arraigned on 16 charges related to the alleged rape of a 15-year-old female, has pleaded not guilty.
Quevius Orion Thornton of Glendale Drive, is accused of five counts of statutory rape, four counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes; four counts of aggravated child molestation, simple battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
The incidents allegedly occurred between October 2010 and January 2011.
According to the indictment, Thornton is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with the minor in his vehicle in the parking lot of Dunaire Elementary School on Oct. 22, 2010. Three days later, he allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex with the child at Shoal Creek Park on Glenwood Road.
Thornton also allegedly took the girl to his residence 4116 Ward Lake Trail and to the parking lot of Panola Way Elementary School.
The former police officer is also accused of giving marijuana to the girl and slapping her.
Thornton also is alleged to have engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex with another female, age 16, on Jan. 1, 2011.
According to court documents, some of the crimes took place while another child was present.
Thornton, who was arrested on Jan. 4, has been incarcerated since in the DeKalb County jail. He resigned from the police department shortly after his arrest. Prior to joining the force in 2008, Thornton worked in private security.