A Las Vegas high school student was indicted on sexual assault charges in connection with the rape of at least four of his classmates.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Maysen Melton, a 16-year-old student at Shadow Ridge High School, faces two dozen felony counts, including charges of sexual assault, battery with intent to commit sexual assault, and first-degree kidnapping. Several charges reportedly involve attacks which took place on school property.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Kristina Rhoades said that Maysen was expelled from Shadow Ridge High School. In October 2017, he enrolled at Palo Verde High School as a junior.
"I have some serious concerns for the girls who go to that school," Rhoades told Chief District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez in court. "This defendant, honestly, is a predator. It’s the same thing over and over. He gets these girls in these intimate situations. He pushes them on the ground, throws them on the ground, trips them onto the ground, pulls their pants down. He does not heed to any of their noes, does not heed to any of their resistance."
If convicted, the teen faces the possibility of life in prison, the Daily Mail reported.
Prosecutors said that Maysen raped four classmates at Shadow Ridge High School, all from ages 15 to 18. The sexual abuse ended in March 2017. Maysen was arrested in May 2017.
Rhoades said that the teen knew all of his victims and targeted them either on school property or at his father's house, when his father was not home.
The prosecutor said that the victims suffered "violent rapes" and that, in some cases, he took nude photos of his victims and threatened them if they did not send him more.
"At least two girls contemplated suicide based on what he told them," Rhoades revealed in court.
Maysen is being tried as an adult, despite being a minor, because this is not his first time being arrested for sex crimes.
According to the Daily Mail, Maysen went through the "strictest" sex offender program in the juvenile court system between 2014 and 2016 in connection with a previous crime. Rhoades said that she could not reveal what the previous crimes were because the court documents are sealed.
"One thing we can all agree on is that the juvenile system was a miserable failure and did nothing to help the community or this young man," said Maysen's attorney, Dustin Marcello.
It is unclear if Maysen will still be able to attend his current school while he is awaiting trial.