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