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High School Freshman Charged With Rape At School

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A high school freshman in Warren, Michigan, is facing the possibility of life in prison after being accused of rape.

Police say Khymani Jamal Tolbert raped a female student inside Lincoln High School on Nov. 28, reports WJBK. Both students are 14.

According to prosecutors, Tolbert attacked the girl, who fought with him for 25 minutes before he finally overpowered her and raped her. The entire act was captured by school surveillance cameras, police say.

"Due to the violent nature of this crime and the fact that Mr. Tolbert is currently on felony probation, we ask that he be remanded to a juvenile facility," the prosecution said.

On Dec. 5, Tolbert was charged as an adult on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment.

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"That shows his brazen nature and his willingness to continue to violate other students at the school," the prosecution argued.

"This was a violent, vicious attack on a female student. It was brutal, heinous, monstrous, and shocking to veteran law enforcement detectives in Warren," said Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer in a statement. "The entire Warren Police Department extends its sympathy and support for the victim and her family."

Tolbert is already on felony probation for another offense. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted another young teen two weeks prior to the current incident. 

"That act had different elements to it," prosecutors explained. "It may have involved the element of consent by that statute. However, statutorily, she cannot consent."

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In reference to the allegations of repeat offenses, Judge John Chmura said: "If true, this defendant would be someone from whom the public needs to be protected and a very dangerous person ... at least at this time, pretrial release should be denied and will be denied."

The superintendent of Van Dyke Public Schools, Piper Bognar, released a statement to WJBK:

We are horrified and saddened by this situation. The school personnel responded swiftly, and we are continuing to work with the Warren Police Department and related law enforcement authorities. We are doing all we can for the victim and the family. We are limited in what we can share due to privacy concerns, but rest assured that the safety of our students is always our number one concern. We will continue to act in the best interest of the school community.

Tolbert is due back in court on Dec. 14.

According to statistics cited by Al Jazeera America, one in five high school girls says she has been sexually assaulted at school, and one in eight high school girls says she has been raped.

Sources: WJBK, Al Jazeera America / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Leehspride/Wikimedia Commons, Pixabay

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