Thursday, May 24, 2018
Public safety

Land O'Lakes High student accused of raping another student at knife point

LAND O'LAKES — It happened by the softball field on the outskirts of campus, just after school. Authorities say a Land O'Lakes High School student held another at knifepoint and raped her.

About 20 minutes after the final school bell on Monday, a 14-year-old boy forced a 15-year-old girl to have oral and vaginal sex with him, according to a Pasco sheriff's report.

Neither student's name is being released because of their ages and the nature of the case.

It was unclear from reports how authorities were notified.

The school resource officer found a condom near the softball field and asked the boy about it, according to the report. The boy, a freshman who is a junior varsity football player, told the deputy he wore the condom in front of the girl, but did not rape her.

He was arrested on a charge of sexual battery.

District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said the boy has no disciplinary record in his three-month high school career. Though she could not comment on his punishment in this case, she said the consequences normally call for expulsion with immediate suspension.

Cobbe said there would not be additional counselors at the high school, but "the young lady's guidance counselor is aware of services she needs."

Contact Alex Orlando at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.

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