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Student charged with rape at Manchester High

Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 19:22:55-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Police arrested and charged a teenage student with the rape of a girl at Manchester High School.

The alleged rape happened on campus, but after school hours, according to Chesterfield Police Captain Mike Louth.

The incident occurred Jan. 29, but was not reported until Feb. 7, according to police.

The male suspect and female victim are known to each other, Cpt.  Louth said.

He called the alleged rape an "isolated incident."

Manchester Principal Christy Ellis notified parents of the criminal offense in a letter, that read in part:

We will continue to take every reasonable step to meet that expectation and we also have supports in place to assist students who express concern.

"This is a very serious charge, and the school division takes very seriously our responsibility to provide a safe and supportive learning environment," Chesterfield Schools spokesman Shawn Smith said. " Students who violate student conduct regulations are subject to suspension and/or expulsion, and, if the offense is a violation of the law, to prosecution.”

Manchester High is located at 12601 Bailey Bridge Rd, in Midlothian. Over 2,000 students attend the school.

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