Lawrence Central student arrested for alleged rape at school

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A 16-year-old student is under arrest, accused of raping a classmate inside Lawrence Central High School.

The suspect, Jabril Scruggs, faces a preliminary charge of rape and is being held at the Marion County Juvenile Center.

Lawrence Police got the call from school leaders just after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday about a reported sexual assault inside Lawrence Central.

"Our detectives responded immediately, conducted a very thorough, very efficient investigation, were able to make an outright arrest," said Lawrence Police Capt. Gary Woodruff.

Detectives arrested a 16-year-old male student, who's accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in school.

Investigators say the two students knew each other from class, but had no prior relationship. The alleged assault happened in the building during the school day.

"It started off in one of the common areas and wound up in one of the school locker rooms. And immediately after the incident, when the two separated, the victim immediately reported to school administrators what had occurred," Woodruff said.

Parents said they were shocked at the news and were surprised no alert or notice went out to families from school leaders.

"I'm very concerned about that happening," said parent Huerta Tribble. "We do need to know that certain things are going on in the school so that we can provide education for our children."

Investigators say the only encouraging news from this alleged act of violence is that the victim told school staffers what happened right away.

"Very proud of the victim in this case for immediately reporting to school administrators what occurred," Woodruff said. "My understanding she's been very brave throughout the entire investigative process."

Eyewitness News reached out to Lawrence Township school leaders Wednesday. But so far, they have not responded back.

The suspect, we're told, could be charged as an adult. This case is now in the hands of the Marion County prosecutor and we expect to hear more about the case and potential charges on Thursday.