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High school student charged with raping, sexually abusing girls on campus in Mt. Angel

A student at John F. Kennedy High School in Mt. Angel has been charged with raping and sexually abusing girls on campus.

A John F. Kennedy High School student in Mt. Angel is charged with raping a girl and sexually abusing another in the same outdoor stairwell on campus.

"There are adult charges and he is being charged in adult court on Measure 11 offenses," Mt. Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel told KATU.

Daniel says the case is still under investigation and that there are several alleged victims.

Court records say a school resource officer first looked into sexual assault allegations against the suspect in 2016 but they did not result in criminal charges.

Police say the suspect was arrested last month after two other girls came forward to say they were assaulted.

Officers say the suspect claimed everything was consensual.

The suspect turned 18 on Tuesday while behind bars. Because officers say he was a minor at the time of the crimes KATU is not naming him.

The JFK High student is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sex abuse and attempted first-degree sex abuse.

Daniel says more charges may be forthcoming.

"There are several victims that we have in regards to this case," Daniel explained, telling a KATU reporter that there are more than two alleged victims.

In December of 2016, court records show a school resource officer took a report from a parent who said the suspect raped his stepdaughter about four years earlier. He said the crime happened at the suspect's home while the two were attending Mt. Angel Middle School.

In the officer's report, he says authorities from other agencies advised the girl's parents to have her make a statement to child protective services but he did not hear back.

After being asked what was done with that case and if it was taken to the Mt. Angel School District, Daniel said, "I can tell you that that's one of the investigations that's still open, that's still ongoing. ... When you have information you can only take appropriate and necessary action based on the information that you have."

On Dec. 14, the school resource officer's report says the principal of JFK High School told him a girl there complained that the suspect was harassing her, repeatedly sexting her without her consent. He says another girl then told him the suspect sexually abused her in an outdoor stairwell.

"(The officer) was able to then begin to interview a number of students there on campus," Daniel said, "and determined that there was actually some rather larger crimes that he was able to find."

The suspect was sent home and arrested the next day.

The officer says he spoke with another girl who told him she dated the suspect for a month in 2016. She said one day after school the suspect raped her in an outside stairwell on campus. After that, she told the officer she broke up with him.

The school resource officer's report says he's since spoken with the alleged victim whose stepdad reported she was raped in 2016. No charges are filed in that case which, as Daniel said, is still under investigation.

After being asked when students, parents and faculty were first told about the allegations and when the suspect may have been first removed from campus, Mt. Angel School District Superintendent Troy Stoops said via email that he had "no comment at this time other than that we have cooperated with local police in their investigation."

The latest crime statistics from Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) show the number of sex crimes reportedly committed by minors statewide dropped dramatically over the last 10 years.

The stats say 467 youth sex offenses were reported to the juvenile justice system in 2016. That's a 38 percent drop from the 686 offenses reported in 2007. The numbers fluctuated over the years.





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