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Police Release More Details On Alleged Rape At Parkside HS

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WICOMICO Co., Md. - The Parkside High School student accused of raping a 15-year-old girl on school property has been released on bond.

In the hallway during first period -- that's where police believe a female Wicomico County student was raped by her fellow peer inside Parkside High School.

Police say 17-year-old Jocori Scarborough made sexual advances towards the victim and forced himself upon her.

"Ultimately grabbing her around the waist and moving her to an area at Parkside that was not captured under video surveillance," Sergeant David Owens of the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation said.

Police say after she pleaded with him to stop, he forced her into sexual intercourse. The girl was later taken to PRMC where she was treated and released. Police say the two knew each very well, but it's unclear if the relationship was anything beyond just a friendship.

"We're working on getting potential witnesses at this time," Owens said.

Later that night, police arrested Scarborough without incident at his Delmar home. The next day, he posted bond and was released around 6 p.m. from the Wicomico County Detention Center. A few hours later, a comment was posted on his Facebook page stating, "I'm home they free'd a real n****. F*** who ever think I did that petty s***. ima beat da case #DDES***." It was followed by several comments, applauding the teen.

It's clear -- Jocori is a member of the group Dover Dale Entertainment or DDE, which police attribute as a gang. In a viral DDE music video posted on YouTube, Jocori is seen in the background making violent gestures with a handgun.

"At this point in time we found no relationship between the act and DDE," Sergeant Owens said.

47 ABC attempted to reach out to Jocori to hear his side of the story, with no luck. Wednesday morning, a peace order was filed against Scarborough, stating that he shall not abuse, contact, or enter the residence of the alleged victim, and that he must stay away from the school.

Schools officials are refusing to comment on any disciplinary action placed on Scarborough. They declined to comment when asked if he was suspended or prohibited on school grounds. Superintendent John Fredericksen simply stated that "all Wicomico County schools and events are safe."

Parents were not informed about the alleged incident until Tuesday evening, one full day after it allegedly happened and just minutes before Scarborough was released on bond. They were notified through "parent link," which is the school notification system. An email was sent out stating:

"This is Micah Stauffer, principal of Parkside High School. I'm calling to inform you that we are working with law enforcement on a serious issue involving the alleged rape of a student in the school earlier this week. A student has been charged and incarcerated, and this matter is in the hands of law enforcement. The safety and security of our students and staff is always our first priority and is constantly reviewed. Please call the school office if you have any questions regarding this matter."

47 ABC spoke with a few students Wednesday who say the entire school is in shock and many are in disbelief.

School officials say they plan to review school security measures and act accordingly.

Scarborough is facing a number of charges including first and second degree rape, reckless endangerment and kidnapping. The first degree rape charge alone carries a life sentence. Scarborough is first expected in court next Tuesday in connection with the peace order, then on Thursday for a preliminary hearing on the rape charges.

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