Possible rape takes place at Sylacauga High
by MATT QUILLEN
Jan 18, 2010 | 10625 views |  32 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SYLACAUGA — An 18-year-old man was placed under arrest in connection with the report of a possible sexual assault at Sylacauga High School Friday.

A release from the Police Department stated the man was charged with first-degree rape after investigators looked into the matter.

Capt. Chris Carden said the alleged female victim was a minor. A spokesperson for the city School System said both the suspect and the alleged victim were students at the school.

The release stated the investigation is still ongoing and that “school officials acted quickly and professionally in accordance with their procedures in contacting the police.”

Schools Superintendent Renee Riggins released a statement regarding the investigation.

“On Friday afternoon, administrators and staff at Sylacauga High School were notified of an alleged incident that may have taken place on campus. Upon investigation, Sylacauga Police Department was notified by school officials and responded immediately.

“I would like to commend the school staff and administration and the Sylacauga Police Department for their swift action. Policies and procedures are in place to ensure a safe school environment and were properly followed,” Riggins statement said.

“The matter has been turned over to the Sylacauga Police Department and the Talladega County District Attorney’s office for further investigation.”

The suspect was taken to the Talladega County Jail and bond was set at $50,000. An employee at the jail said he had not posted bail as of Monday afternoon.

First-degree rape is a Class A felony and, if convicted, carries a sentence of 10 to 99 years.

Anyone with information on the matter can contact the Sylacauga Police Department investigations division at 256-401-2464. Anonymous tips can also be made to the Police Department’s tip line at 256-249-4716.