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East High student allegedly rapes female student

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A 16-year-old East High School boy has been charged with aggravated rape after an assault against an 18-year-old female student. The incident took place Wednesday on campus, the Shelby County Sheriff said.

Shelby County Sheriff's detectives were called to the high school in regards to a forcible rape and they were advised the female teenage victim was taken to The MED after complaining of abdominal pain. She identified a 16-year-old boy responsible for allegedly raping her.

The assault took place shortly after school had let out for the day.

LETTER SENT HOME TO EAST HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS

After questioning, the suspect was transported to the Criminal Justice Center (201 Poplar Ave.) and was charged with rape per the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

The suspected juvenile was taken into custody and was taken to the county juvenile detention center. He was expected to appear in juvenile court Thursday afternoon.

The county sheriff will not say if the alleged sexual assault happened inside the school building. They're only saying it happened "on campus."

Statement from Shelby County Schools:

An allegation of criminal assault was reported yesterday to East High School's administration shortly after school was dismissed. The Shelby County Sheriffs' Office was contacted, and officers were immediately dispatched. We take all allegations and reports very seriously. Criminal activity of any kind will not be tolerated on our campuses. The student involved in this incident has been arrested and will be strictly disciplined in accordance with Shelby County Schools' board policy.

We respect the privacy of students and staff as we continue to cooperate with the Shelby County Sheriffs' Office during this criminal investigation.

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FOX13 News reporter Kristin Tallent contributed to this report.

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