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Judge: 18-year-old accused of raping girl at HS can continue schooling

(Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police) (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A judge has issued conditions of release for an 18-year-old accused of raping a 14-year-old girl. The incident allegedly happened inside a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school, according to police.

Jonathan Neal, 18, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree rape by force. 

The alleged incident happened on Thursday at Mallard Creek High School on Johnston Oehler Road in north Charlotte. Police said they were called to the school around 4:09 p.m.

"I am deeply saddened by the report of an alleged assault of a student at Mallard Creek High School. My thoughts and prayers are with the student and family members impacted by this situation," CMS Superintendent Ann Clark said in a statement Monday afternoon.

Clark's statement continued, "There is nothing more important than the safety of our students and staff. I take this incident and any issues involving student safety in our schools very seriously. I am grateful to our law enforcement partners for swiftly apprehending the alleged perpetrator."

Clark said that "CMS will continue to provide any support needed by law enforcement to pursue this case to the fullest extent of the law," but could not give further details about the incident since it is an active investigation.

Monday afternoon, a judge issued conditions of Neal's release which included a $25,000 bond and 24-hour house arrest with ankle bracelet monitoring. The judge ordered Neal can continue to go to school.

Officials with CMS cited federal privacy laws in declining to answer whether Neal will be allowed to attend Mallard Creek High School upon his release. A spokesperson sent this response in an email:

"Under federal law, specifically FERPA, we cannot disclose information that constitutes part of a student's education record. In all matters involving student and staff safety, CMS is committed to exploring solutions in accordance with the CMS student code of conduct in the best interest of all impacted students."

Students WBTV spoke with say word of the alleged incident is all over the school. "All the time, that's like the hot thing right now," said student Darian Walker, "Some people say I don't think he did it, some people think he did. Everybody's saying different things."

Neal was released from the Mecklenburg County jail early Wednesday morning. 

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