Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

15-year-old boy to be charged as adult in rape of fellow Rodgers Middle School student

RIVERVIEW — A 15-year-old boy faces four adult felony charges after, authorities say, he raped a 13-year-old girl in the bathroom at Rodgers Middle School in March.

The teen pushed the girl into a boy's bathroom at about 10:30 a.m. on March 8. He fondled and then raped her, according to an arrest affidavit.

The boy, whom the Times is not naming because of his age, was initially charged as a juvenile. Later in March, the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office decided to upgrade to adult charges.

He is charged with sexual battery, two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation, false imprisonment and battery.

He was out on bail until Monday, when Hillsborough Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe revoked bail after the youth became mouthy in court. His next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22.

According to Hillsborough district spokesman Steve Hegarty, who checked with the Rodgers principal, school officials posted additional people in the halls after the incident happened. There have been no other issues since then, Hegarty said.

Rodgers is the school where an 11-year-old girl with Down syndrome drowned last October. Several teachers and school administrators were transferred, demoted or fired after Jennifer Caballero's death.

15-year-old boy to be charged as adult in rape of fellow Rodgers Middle School student 09/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 11:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs


    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  2. Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history.

    President Donald Trump embraces Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the East Room of the White House during an announcement Wednesday that Foxconn is going to build a plant in Wisconsin.
  3. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with critical series at Yankees up first (w/ video)

    The Heater


    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Conservatives come to Sessions' defense amid Trump attacks


    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and influential conservatives rallied around Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday as President Donald Trump kept up his public pelting of the nation's top law enforcement officer and left his future in doubt.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  5. Jones: Alex Cobb proves again why he's Rays' stopper, no matter how long he's here (w/ video)

    The Heater


    If a team hopes to hang around the pennant race, it better have an ace. A stopper. A pitcher it can count on every fifth day to stop the bleeding, keep a winning streak going or flat-out win a game that a team flat-out needs to win.

    Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing the first inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]