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Edison, Jenks students facing rape charges

Edison Preparatory School (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Two local students are facing rape charges. One is a student at Edison Preparatory School, the other is a student at Jenks High School.

Jail records show both teens were arrested Tuesday for first-degree rape and released after posting bond.

Tulsa Public Schools has confirmed one of the teenagers is enrolled at Edison. Jenks Public Schools has confirmed the other attends Jenks High School.

According to the affidavit, the alleged rape occurred at one of the suspect's homes. Two juvenile females were drinking with the teen suspects. A video of the 15-year-old victim drinking a a large amount of alcohol was sent via Snapchat. She lost consciousness and was later dropped off in someone else's front yard. The victim was taken to the hospital where doctors discovered signs of sexual assault.

In an interview with investigators, the victim said she was so intoxicated she couldn't walk. Her last memory was crawling into a room at the suspect's home and looking at her phone. The other juvenile female who was at the home at the time of the assault told investigators she brought the victim a trashcan and helped induce vomiting.

According to the affidavit, one of the suspects left the victim alone with the other suspect and later returned to find the victim being undressed by the other suspect who was wearing a condom. The victim was later left alone with the first suspect while the other suspect took the other girl home.

An investigator writes in the affidavit that multiple witnesses said one of the suspects asked them to lie about what happened and to delete evidence from their phones. Searches of the suspects' phones showed a large amount of content was deleted from one of the phones after the incident. Videos of minors engaged in a sex act were found on the other suspect's home.

Both teens are being charged with first-degree rape as youthful offenders. The Jenks student is also charged with child pornography. According to the affidavit, he was already suspended for the rest of the year for groping several girls at school.

Edison Principal Dixie Sheer sent an email to parents notifying them a student was charged with a crime but said they couldn't comment on the matter.

We just became aware of the recent news report that one of our students has been charged with a crime. While certain Tulsa Police Department information is public record, Tulsa Public Schools must protect the confidentiality rights of all students we serve. As always, we actively support the educational needs of our students and their families, and we will respect the processes of our court system.
While we cannot comment further on this matter, please know that we will continue to ensure a strong and supportive learning environment for all Edison students, teachers, and staff. I will certainly make you aware of any relevant information that is allowable and appropriate for us to release.
Thanks,
Principal Speer
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