Clarke Central student charged for sex act in school stairwell

A 16-year-old Clarke Central High School student was charged Friday with misdemeanor statutory rape for having sex with an underage female student in a school stairwell, Athens-Clarke County police said.

“This case has been turned over to the Athens-Clarke County Juvenile Court,” police said in a Friday afternoon news release.

The sexual encounter occurred during school hours earlier this week, but was not discovered until school officials later reviewed surveillance video footage, according to Epifanio Rodriguez, spokesman for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

School district officials asked Athens police to investigate Thursday morning, Rodriguez said.

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