Md. High School Surveillance Cameras Stop Rape

Published: April 14, 2016

Surveillance cameras in a Maryland high school helped officials stop an alleged attempted rape April 6.

Staff members at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury saw the incident taking place from the office and were able to intervene ten minutes after it began, reports Delmarvanow.com.

A 15-year old boy was taken into custody and charged as an adult with attempted first degree rape. The suspect was released to the Wicomico Detention Center by authorities.

Police said in a statement that the camera footage shows a boy leading a female classmate to the school’s back stairwell, where he began trying to kiss the student while she “fought to prevent him from doing so.” Police also said the male student pinned the female student and choked her as he tried to pull her clothes off and expose his own genitals.

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The student also faces charges of attempted second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense, sexual contact without consent, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, unlawfully detain, attempted first-degree sex offense and attempted second-degree sex offense.

The incident led a Wicomico County Schools spokesman to say district officials are reviewing school security procedures.

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