Sunday, January 21, 2018
Public safety

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.

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