The 17-year-old Delmar, Md., student accused of raping a girl at Parkside High School was recharged after a Wicomico County grand jury indictment, but new charges do not include first-degree rape.
A spokeswoman for Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello confirmed Tuesday that, based on evidence, first-degree rape was not among the charges brought against Jocori Marece Scarborough. He was in Wicomico County Circuit Court on Monday.
Scarborough remained charged with second-degree rape, reckless endangerment, second-degree assault and school molestation.
Scarborough was arrested at his residence, on the 500 block of South Maryland Avenue in Delmar, on May 7 after a girl said he raped her at school May 5.
She said she was raped on school property, in an area not covered by surveillance cameras. The next day, Scarborough was also charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, at his home, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.
Scarborough’s Facebook page appears to have been disassembled, but there are several Facebook posts about the incident on the site, including one from a California man commenting, “Remove the Bible, teach evolution and watch the students act like animals.”
There are complaints posted that Scarborough was initially released on only $100,000 bail and that it should have been set higher, copies of the sheriff’s office’s press release announcing his arrest and pictures of Scarborough.
His police mug shot is posted, as well as pictures of him smiling and one showing him holding a large handful of $100 bills.
Police said the girl who accused him of raping her told a detective that at approximately 8 a.m. on May 5 she was walking with Scarborough at the school when he made sexual advances. She said he grabbed her by the arm.
The girl said she tried to refuse but that she was held with force, grabbed by the hips and dragged down a hall. She said she continued to refuse and tried to keep her clothing on, but that the sexual intercourse was forced.
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