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Parkside High School assault: Jocori Scarborough faces 8 charges

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A community is reeling as details emerge regarding the Parkside High School assault that took place this week. One student has been charged after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old student during the school day. USA Today shared the latest details on Wednesday.

Jocori Marece Scarborough, 17, is being charged as an adult amid accusations that he dragged a female student down a hallway and then assaulted her. The victim reported the incident to administrators and says that she said "no" several times prior to being raped during the Parkside High School assault. The school has about 1,150 students in the building and many students are stunned to hear about what happened Monday morning.

According to WBOC, the victim says she was walking down the hall with Scarborough Monday morning when he started to make sexual advances toward her. It seems that the early stages of the alleged Parkside High School assault were caught on the school's video surveillance system. However, Scarborough seemingly then forcefully dragged her down the hall into an area without cameras.

The victim alleges that down the hallway the assailant pulled up her skirt and removed her underwear. Though she says she tried to say no and prevent him from assaulting her, she says that he did force himself on her. It is not known at this point whether Scarborough knew that he had moved to an area without cameras or not. After the alleged incident the victim was taken to the hospital for an exam and treatment.

Scarborough faces eight charges and was released Tuesday on $100,000 bond. The charges include first- and second-degree rape, kidnapping and first- and second-degree assault. He could face a life sentence if convicted of first-degree rape. In addition, there is now a restraining order preventing Scarborough from contacting the victim and it is said he did not go back to school on Wednesday.

The accused did, however, allegedly post on Facebook after his release that he was home and would beat the charges. By Wednesday Jocori Scarborough's Facebook page seemingly was deactivated. Scarborough is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing regarding the Parkside High School assault on May 15 in court.



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