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Maryland Teen Found Guilty in School Rape Case

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Jocori Marece Scarborough Jocori Marece Scarborough
SALISBURY, Md. (AP/WBOC)- A Wicomico County Circuit Court jury has convicted an 18-year-old man of raping a fellow student in a school hallway in Salisbury back in May.

Following a two-day trial, Jocori Marece Scarborough of Delmar, was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree rape, second-degree assault, false imprisonment and other charges.  It took the jury about an hour and a half to decide on their verdict.

A 15-year-old girl testified that Scarborough told her she was going to have his baby as he assaulted her at Parkside High School on Beaglin Park Drive in Salisbury on May 5.  The victim testified that Scarborough forcibly pulled her down a hallway and pushed her up against a wall, holding her by the hips while the sexual assault took place.

Video surveillance showed interactions between the victim and Scarborough before the assault, but the crime took place in a hallway not under video surveillance in the school.

"There were no signs, in the video they took of her walking around the school, that he used any kind of force," said Lamarr Brown, a spokesperson for Scarborough's family, who spoke to WBOC outside of the courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.

The girl said she told Scarborough she would not have sex with him but had agreed to walk with him to class. Under questioning by the defense, the girl said she and Scarborough had kissed.  She also admitted to having a previous relationship with Scarborough that had ended prior to the assault taking place.

Scarborough decided not to testify in his defense.

The judge ordered a presentence investigation. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

"To have a charge of rape and to be registered as a sex offender, there was not enough evidence to present to the jury to receive the conviction that he received," Brown said.

On the second-degree rape conviction alone, Scarborough faces a maximum of 30 years behind bars.

 

 

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