Kokomo student charged as an adult in rape of another student during school
Update: Zachary Spencer was sentenced to 913 days in county jail. He was given 32 days credit. He’ll serve the remaining 881 days on supervised probation.
Original story below:
KOKOMO, Ind. (May 13, 2015) - A 16-year-old boy from Kokomo has been charged as an adult in the alleged rape of another student. Howard County prosecutors say he raped another student last week in a Taylor High School classroom.
The 16-year-old Taylor High School student, Zachary Spencer, is in the Howard County jail and has been charged with rape, sexual battery, and confinement; all are felonies. According to court documents, Spencer was left alone with a female student in a classroom to take a test. When the teacher left that was when, police say, Spencer proceeded to rape the other student.
“I don’t think there’s any reason for them to ever not be supervised; I think they should always be supervised,” said one father of a Howard County student.
Parents want answers: where was the teacher and why was Spencer and his alleged victim left alone for so long?
“I just don’t understand how he had enough time to take advantage of this young girl. I’m wondering, where were the teachers, where were the faculty at the whole time they’re in this room alone? It’s scary to think about,” said another parent.
But even scarier is the alleged victim’s account of the rape, detailed in court documents.
“He touched my chest on the outside of my shirt as soon as he stood me up. He pulled down his pants. He turned me around so my back was towards him. It happened so fast… I told him to stop two times and at first he wouldn’t stop,” she told police.
“No child should be left alone in a class for one. That’s just asking for trouble,” said another father.
Taylor Community Schools Superintendent Christopher Smith released this statement after charges were filed against Spencer:
Taylor Community Schools reported an incident to law enforcement and the legal process is handling the accused student. The safety of our students is our top priority for our teachers, the administration, and the school board. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement during this investigation.
Spencer is being held in the Howard County jail on $40,000 bond.