Decatur High School student charged with rape after alleged on-campus sexual assault | Update

The 16-year-old suspect was booked into King County Juvenile Detention.

A Decatur High School student was charged with third-degree rape on June 14 after allegedly sexually assaulting a female student on campus last week.

On June 11, a 15-year-old female student at Decatur High School reported to the school’s assistant principal that she was sexually assaulted by a 16-year-old male student on campus earlier that morning, according to Federal Way police Commander Kurt Schwan.

The male had previously friended the female student on Snapchat the night before the assault. After trading several messages, the female agreed to “make out” with the suspect at school, according to King County Superior Court charging documents.

The male texted and asked the female student to meet him behind the school’s gym during first period on June 11.

Allegedly, the suspect forcibly penetrated the victim with his fingers, the documents continue. The victim pushed the suspect away then the suspect put his genitalia into the victim’s pants.

The female stated she was “really scared” and described the suspect as “determined to do what he wanted,” according to the documents. The female told him to stop three different times and he allegedly ignored her, the documents continue.

After the female student reported the incident to school administration, they immediately reported the information to the school resource officer, the Federal Way Police Department and Child Protective Services, stated Kassie Swenson, chief of communications for Federal Way Public Schools.

The male suspect was arrested and booked into King County Juvenile Detention.

“We take any reports related to student safety very seriously and have steps in place to address safety concerns,” Swenson stated in an email.

Although FERPA laws prevent the district from sharing information regarding disciplinary actions, “what we can share is that there is no place for this type of behavior on our school campuses, and when behaviors like this happen, there are appropriate consequences.”

“It’s our highest priority to ensure our schools are safe places for our students and staff to learn and teach,” Swenson added.

The case will remain in juvenile court as the suspect will not be tried as an adult, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

A case setting hearing is set for July 2.


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