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Student charged with raping another student inside Howard County school bathroom

Posted at 3:53 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 15:53:54-05

FULTON, Md. (WMAR) — A Howard County high school student is accused of raping another student inside a school bathroom.

It happened Monday at Reservoir High School in Fulton.

Howard County Police say the 15-year-old female victim agreed to meet the 16-year-old male suspect in a bathroom during the school day.

The victim told investigators she never gave the suspect consent, and that he forcibly sexually assaulted her, despite her resisting.

Afterwards, the victim went to a school counselor to report the incident.

Police arrested the suspect Wednesday morning at his home, and have charged him with second-degree rape, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense.

On Wednesday school Principal, Nelda Sims sent a letter to student parents about the incident.

I am writing to inform you that the Howard County Police Department has charged a Reservoir student for an incident that occurred at the school Monday afternoon. RHS staff is working with the HCPSS Office of Safety and Security and supporting Howard County Police as they investigate the matter. Since this is a police investigation, staff from the school won't be providing details on the incident. The well-being of every RHS student is of the utmost importance. I know that there will be conversations in our communities and on social media, and I encourage everybody to refrain from disseminating rumors or information that was not provided publicly by police. I encourage students who might be upset to speak with a counselor or administrator. I also kindly ask students to respect the privacy of their fellow students by refraining from posting information about the incident on social media. I am attaching the HCPD press release.pdf [] by the Howard County Police Department. Any questions or people with additional information should contact police. On behalf of the entire Reservoir staff, I continue to appreciate the efforts of RHS students, staff and community members to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students

Due to his age, his name is not being released at this time.

In accordance with Howard County Public School System policy, the suspect is not expected to return to school until the investigation is completed.