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Student charged with rape at Pasco's Fivay High School

HUDSON — A 16-year-old girl was raped at Fivay High School by a student who lured her to the men's restroom, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Justin J. Kulik, 17, was arrested Wednesday and charged with involuntary sexual battery in the attack, which happened about 10 a.m. Nov. 16.

The girl immediately reported she had been assaulted, and by the next day, Kulik was no longer a student at Fivay, Pasco schools spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said.

"Student safety is our primary concern," Romagnoli said.

Kulik is now an adult education student at Marchman Technical Education Center in New Port Richey, Romagnoli said. She could not discuss any other details about his enrollment because of student privacy.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Kulik sent the victim a text message the morning of Nov. 16, asking her to meet him near the men's restroom in Building 1. Kulik is accused of pulling the girl into a stall, pushing her down and raping her.

The girl told investigators she never consented to sex with Kulik, the report says.

Semen found in the victim's pants matched Kulik's DNA, authorities said.

The teenager denied having sexual contact with the victim at that date and location and "could not account for how his semen could be found on clothing belonging to the victim," the report says.

Kulik, of 6616 Lenoir Drive, was taken into juvenile custody Wednesday night. He turns 18 next month. Neither Kulik nor his parents could be reached for comment Friday.

The $49 million Fivay High School opened in August with restrooms that offer more privacy than other schools. Many school restrooms have private stalls but no main door, so anyone walking past can see who is inside. The restrooms at Fivay also have no main door, but the stalls are tucked around a corner, out of public view.

Romagnoli said the incident has not prompted changes at Fivay, where she said staff members routinely monitor hallways and students.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report. Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

Student charged with rape at Pasco's Fivay High School 04/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 8:45pm]
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