Records: Harlingen student confesses to raping classmate during P.E.
A 17-year-old Harlingen High School student was arrested on Monday after he confessed to allegedly raping a special needs student during P.E.
Harlingen police charged the alleged suspect on Monday after he admitted to sexually assaulting another student while she was napping underneath the school’s main gymnasium bleachers, according to a criminal complaint obtained by CBS 4 News.
The report states the incident occurred on May 16, during P.E. class.
The victim told police she became tired during the class, and went to take a nap underneath the bleachers.
In the criminal complaint, it states the victim told police that’s when the alleged suspect approached her, tried to remove her jacket, and then pinned her down and forcefully removed her pants and underwear.
The victim also told police that she attempted to yell for help, but that it wasn’t loud enough.
The documents go on to state that after he was done, the suspect got dressed and went to play basketball.
The victim reported the assault the next day to the high school’s assistant principal, who then alerted police and the victim’s parents.
The suspect was brought in for questioning on Monday when he told police that he had sexually assaulted her because she did not want to have sex with him, the criminal complaint stated.
Police charged the alleged suspect with sexual assault, a second-degree felony; and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.
The alleged suspect was arraigned by a judge, who issued a $30,000 bond for sexual assault, and a $1,500 bond for resisting arrest.
The suspect remains at the Cameron County jail.
Harlingen CISD officials issued the following statement to CBS 4 News:
“The safety and welfare of our students is the first and foremost concern for the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. Because of privacy and FERPA laws, we cannot discuss the specifics of this isolated incident. However, the district reported the incident as required by law and is cooperating fully with law enforcement in their investigation. HCISD does not tolerate any actions that may compromise the safety of our students. Ensuring a safe, secure and welcoming learning environment for all of our students is our top priority.”