A 15 year old student at Hendrick Hudson High School has been charged with raping a schoolmate earlier this year at the school in Montrose, New York. The New York first degree rape charge is a Class B felony under the New York Penal Law punishable by a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. State police arrested the unidentified teen on May 18 and indicated that the decision whether he would be prosecuted as an adult will be determined by the Westchester District Attorney’s Office.
The girl reported the rape to her guidance counselor early last month, and school officials contacted police. The victim stated that she had been fondled and then raped in a school bathroom. There is no indication that the teen had a criminal record, but this is still under investigation.
The alleged assailant was held at the Woodfield Cottage Juvenile Detention Center in Valhalla until May 29, 2009, when he was released on $50,000 bond. The case is presently being prosecuted in criminal court, but as the suspect may be charged as a juvenile offender, it may be transferred to the Westchester Family Court.
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