Suspect In Warren Central Rape Was Football Player

Senior Held With Bond Set At $100K

A teen arrested this week on suspicion of raping a fellow Warren Central High School student played for the school's state champion football team, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported Tuesday.

Police said they believe Michael Bell, a 17-year-old senior, raped a 16-year-old girl in a stairwell near the school gymnasium on Monday morning.

The girl told authorities of the assault, and Bell was arrested Monday on preliminary charges of rape, deviate sexual conduct, sexual battery and criminal confinement, police said.

"He tried to force himself onto her and grabbed her by the throat," Indianapolis police Sgt. Matt Mount said. "She ... felt that she couldn't even scream at that point. He grabbed her wrist so hard, he left bruises, and (he) sexually assaulted her."

Bell was a member of the team that won this school year's Class 5A state football championship, Thomas reported.

Principal Tom Burchette said he was "devastated" by the alleged rape.

Burchette said he believes the security at school is solid. Three to four police officers patrol the building, and the school has staff members and surveillance cameras monitoring the hallways, he said.

Bell was being held in jail Tuesday with bond set at $100,000.

Warren Township's school superintendent is scheduled to hold a news conference about the rape report on Tuesday.

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