Details of rape case not clear
Truckee police are still investigating a report of forcible rape that occurred behind Tahoe Truckee High School on March 30, according to reports.
The suspect, who was arrested for forcing sexual intercourse and oral copulation on a juvenile female, is still in custody at Carl F. Bryan II Regional Juvenile Hall in Nevada City, said Truckee police Sgt. Tim Hargrove.
Police would not release the suspect’s age, though a letter sent home to parents by Truckee High Principal Mike Finney said the suspect is a freshman.
Hargrove said the investigation has included witness interviews, and police have not found any additional victims. Because the case involves juveniles, Hargrove said he could not divulge any more information about the investigation.
“The parents at the school want to know more for the safety of their children, and the parents of the victim and the suspect don’t want us to say anything at all,” Hargrove said. “I can understand both.”
The incident occurred during the high school’s lunch period, behind the Teen Center and adjacent to Surprise Stadium. After the incident, a school employee on campus saw the victim was upset and she told the employee what was wrong, according to police.
Truckee High administrators sent a letter home with students regarding the incident.
“An issue such as this fosters the discussion of safe school and classroom procedures,” wrote Principal Finney. “We are reminding the teachers that they discuss safety with their students. In addition, we will review all campus wide procedures and policies.”
School officials have met over the last week regarding Truckee High’s procedures and policies.
School maintenance crews cleaned up the brush around the area of the reported incident, so it’s not invisible for supervision, said school district Superintendent Dennis Williams. However, due to natural rise at the end of the football field, Williams said, the area below will remain invisible to some degree.
Sgt. Hargrove said Truckee police will patrol the area around Truckee High “as much as staffing will allow.”
The Truckee Police Department’s school resource officer position, which has been on hiatus since December 2003 due to staffing shortages in the department, will be reinstated as soon as the department has hired enough officers, according to police officials.
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