Minnesota parents who have students in high school may be interested to learn that an Oklahoma City high school athlete was charged with rape by instrumentation. According to authorities, the 17-year-old was accused of obscenely groping a 12-year-old.
The incident reportedly occurred on Jan. 19. When questioned, the student told authorities that another person had done the same thing to him though he called it a wrestling maneuver. However, he had not used the maneuver during an actual match. The boy was released on $15,000 bond. He was also suspended from his school.
This was the second incident of its kind to occur within a week of each other in that state. Four students from a second school, ages 16 to 18, were also charged with rape by instrumentation. The other two individuals who were involved were ages 12 and 16. The incident occurred on a team bus that was returning to school from a meet. All four of the students pleaded not guilty and were suspended from their school.
Sex crime charges when handed to young people could result in serious consequences that could have a major impact on their future if they are tried as an adult. In addition to a potential jail sentence, young individuals may lose their ability to go to college and may not be allowed to work in their field of interest. In such an event, the parents of those who have been charged in this manner may wish to meet as early as possible with a criminal defense attorney to see what strategies can be developed .
Source: ABC News, "Oklahoma City High School Wrestler Charged With Sex Crime", Tim Talley, Feb. 5, 2016