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Rape investigation at Leake County high school

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LEAKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Walnut Grove Police Department is investigating a case where a teenager was allegedly raped.

A 16-year-old male student was initially arrested on assault charges Thursday, April 14th

He was caught having sex with a 13-year-old female student in one of the restrooms at Leake County High School.

Chief Polk says that notes had been passed between the two students and it doesn't appear that the boy attacked the girl.

However, since Mississippi law says that anyone under the age of 14 can't consent to have sex, the 16-year-old is being charged with statutory rape.

The youth court hearing took place on Friday, April 15, where the youth court judge bound the case to circuit court.

The judge decided that the 16-year-old will be seen as an adult and could face a sentence of up to life in prison.

Right now the chief cannot tell us when he will appear in circuit court

As for the 13-year-old, she was taken to ER at Baptist Medical Center in Carthage the day of the alleged rape.

Chief Polk is making sure she goes to the child advocacy center on Monday.

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