Lawrence Central High School student, 16, arrested on rape charge

17-year-old said student sexually assaulted her

INDIANAPOLIS - A 16-year-old Lawrence Central High School student was arrested Tuesday and will be charged as an adult for allegedly raping a fellow student on campus.

The victim, a 17-year-old student, reported the incident to school staff just before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, officers with the Lawrence Police Department said.

According to a probable cause affidavit released Thursday, the two students were walking together in the high school's gym when the alleged attacker, identified as Jabril Scruggs, came up behind the victim and began putting his hands on her.

The victim told police she pushed her attacker's hands away, but that he was able to force her into a hallway, where he pulled down her sweatpants and underwear and began forcefully penetrating her.

The victim said she told Scruggs "No" and to stop five to six times, but that he continued his assault for several minutes.

According to police, Scruggs then walked the victim out of the gym, where they were met by a teacher who questioned what they were doing. The teacher told police that Scruggs did all the talking, and that he then sent them back to class even though "he could tell something wasn't right."

The victim then went to the cafeteria and found a friend, who allowed her to use her cellphone to call her mother.

Police collected forensic evidence at the scene and reviewed security camera footage which corroborated the victim's story, they said.

Scruggs was arrested on preliminary charges of rape and criminal confinement. 

District Chief Financial Officer Robin Phelps released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

"MSD Lawrence Township district officials are deeply concerned by the recent events at Lawrence Central High School.  This is a police matter and the district is cooperating fully with law enforcement officials.  School disciplinary due process is also being followed and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken, up to and including a recommendation for expulsion.  As always the safety and security of all students is a top priority for the MSD of Lawrence Township."

Experts said 80 percent of rape victims know their attacker, and in those cases, the healing process might be more difficult for the victim. 

Authorities said the 17-year-old student fully cooperated with investigators and she should be considered a role model.

"It doesn't take long for a crime such as this to occur, the good thing is as soon as she was able to, the victim went to school officials immediately, reported what occurred, they reported to us immediately and the investigation was launched," LPD Detective Capt. Gary Woodruff said.

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