An 18-year-old North Hills Valley High School student has been arrested after he was accused of dragging a 17-year-old girl into a school bathroom and attempting to rape her.
According to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman, the accused "had come on to her during lunch, and she rebuffed him." The spokesman went on to say that the girl told the suspect that she had a boyfriend and she was not interested in him.
Allegedly, the boy later grabbed the girl by the arm as she was walking down a hallway and dragged her into a boy's bathroom, where he began kissing her and attempted to remove her clothes. Reportedly, the incident was cut short when another student knocked on the bathroom door. A teacher then confronted the boy and asked him why the two were in the boy's bathroom.
When the girl told the teacher what had happened, the police were called and the youth was arrested. LAPD reports that the girl was unharmed, but was lucky the incident was interrupted in time.
Apparently, the two students are residents of a local home for “abused and neglected” young people. According to the L.A. Daily News, North Hills Valley High School is an alternative school for students with behavioral problems.
The youth is being held on $1 million bail and was booked on suspicion of kidnapping with intent to rape.
This young man is facing a very serious charge that could result in a life sentence in state prison. According to California Penal Code 209 (b) (1) this applies to any person who carries away an individual to commit rape, oral copulation or sodomy. It doesn’t matter how far the suspect allegedly took the girl, it is still considered kidnapping if the victim was moved beyond what was considered “incidental” in the commission of the crime.
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