Student allegation of rape at school is declared unfounded

Student allegation of rape at school is declared unfounded

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas State Police and the Jonesboro Police Department closed an alleged rape case involving a 12-year-old student.

According to Wednesday's initial incident report, the victim told police a 15-year-old boy raped her beneath a stairwell at Annie Camp Junior High School, 1814 W. Nettleton.

The alleged incident occurred during third period, between 9:30 and 10:15 a.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The girl told Officer Brett Mann she had left class to speak with a counselor. On her way back she said the suspect "grabbed her, put his arm around her neck… [And] pulled her behind the stairway."

The victim said the suspect then pulled down her pants and raped her.

When asked why she did not yell or scream, the girl said the suspect "put his hand over her mouth."

The victim said at one point during the attack a teacher walked past, but "did not hear them and just kept walking."

Following the alleged assault, the girl told Officer Mann she returned to class. When asked if she was distraught or crying, the girl reportedly said "No."

After contacting the girl's parents, Mann turned the case over to a detective and filed a report with the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division.

According to an updated police report from JPD, Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children's Division Investigator Andy Willis interviewed the victim and received different versions of what happened.

The report stated there was not video recovered from Annie Camp because the location of the supposed incident did not cover that portion of the hallway and they didn't have an exact time that the incident happened.

With multiple versions of the story and the lack of cooperation of the victim the case will be unfounded due to lack of evidence that the assault actually occurred.

Dr. Kim Wilbanks, Jonesboro Public Schools superintendent, released this statement on Thursday:

Jonesboro Public Schools is currently investigating an alleged incident of one student assaulting another student at school. The district reported the incident to the Jonesboro Police Department and is fully cooperating with the JPD as it conducts a separate investigation. The safety of our students is the top priority for our teachers, administrators and the school board.

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