Teen accused of sex crimes after allegedly raping student

Teen accused of sex crimes after allegedly raping student

A 17-year-old high school student is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old
girl in the hallway of their academic institution. The defendant allegedly
committed the
sex crimes in the school’s hallway, and the actions went unnoticed by teachers
and students alike. The defendant has been released on $100,000 bond,
and he is charged with eight offenses in total. Those include first-and
second-degree kidnapping and assault, along with first-and second-degree
rape. He could face life in prison if convicted. The defendant is charged
as an adult.

School officials say that the large campus could offer some opportunity
for a sexual assault to occur. The Baltimore, Maryland, school has several
hallways that are not overseen by cameras. The cameras are moved throughout
the school on a random basis, according to officials, in order to keep
students from tracking their locations. Further, it appears that the cameras
are only used for reviewing evidence after the fact; they are not utilized
for real-time monitoring.

Authorities say that the video tape in this case shows the two individuals
together in the hallway, but it does not appear that any use of force
occurred. Law enforcement officers have been tight-lipped about the nature
of the available evidence since they issued that initial statement. School
officials say they have explained to students through the code of conduct
that sexual assault and sexual misconduct are unacceptable acts on the
Parkside High School campus.

The initial information about the evidence in this case indicates that
the encounter may not have been forceful. Such evidence may support the
defendant’s initial assertion that he is innocent; the young man
posted on social media that he intended to beat the case. Such evidence
may be used in conjunction with testimony and other information to help
a jury determine whether a defendant is guilty.

Source: USA Today, “Girl raped in high school hallway as class goes on” Vanessa Junkin, The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times, May. 09, 2014