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Attorney for Wilde Lake Teen Responds to Rape Allegations

Attorney says evidence will show teen's innocence.

The attorney representing DeShawn Jones, the 17-year-old accused of raping a 14-year-old girl inside Wilde Lake High School earlier this month, said on Monday there is evidence that may prove his client's innocence.

"Mr. Jones denies the allegations brought against him," said attorney Adam Frank in a statement released Monday. "He and his family would ask that you please refrain from any judgment until all of the facts are brought out during trial. The public must remember that there are two sides to every story and there will be evidence that will shed light on Mr. Jones's innocence."

Jones, of Columbia, was arrested on Feb. 5 after a parent of the female student called police and reported the alleged rape. Jones is charged as an adult with second-degree rape and is currently being held on $500,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled March 8 at 1:15 p.m., according to court records.

Police reported that the alleged rape occurred in a choir room around lunch time at the school on Monday, Feb. 4, according to court documents. Police stated the girl told them Jones led her into an unoccupied practice room inside the choir room, blocked the door and forced her to have sex with him.

After the encounter, she told two friends of the incident while still at the school and later that night, told a parent, according to court documents.

Jones admitted to police that sexual contact occurred in the practice room, according to the documents.

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Justin case March 01, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Janet u are wrong. Maryland case search shows ALL charges, whether conviction or not. I've been dealing with it for 13yrs over bogus charges but the fact is I was charged
Justin case March 01, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Janet, its not normally the girls who walk in the park who are raped. It's the girls with headphones on, like idiots, who are being raped because they are an easy target to catch off gaurd
DJ March 01, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I agree with comments about discression. We are talking about a very sensitive subject about a very sensitive case. These are two teens who are going through emotional trama and it is up to the adults to be there for them. No one was in the room except for those two and there is two sides to every story and then there is the truth. Let the evidence and the court system be the judge. Especially when lives are are stake. This is a very dear case to our family and we respect all opinions but its not up to anyone to raise a premature verdict.
Bill Howard March 05, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Yea JH just like the Duke Lacross team was guilty too, right? i hope you never sit on a jury.
Kelly Anne Henry March 06, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I can't believe you people! Of course this girl was stupid for meeting with this guy alone! SHE IS 14 YEARS OLD! that's why you can't make legally binding decisions at that age....because we are still naive! But at any age the decision to meet with a man does not hold you responsible for you're RAPE! Yes...I am sure that they are both aware of the right/wrong factors...then in that case(if the young man actually assaulted this young lady) he would be the "one person"responsible because he KNEW what he was about to do to that girl was wrong! And FYI there are many rapes that occur that go unreported or take time before the the individual assulted comes forward due to the physchological impact; the shame the victim has in feeling like they are responsible for their demise, and the embarrassment in being paraded around before the public and even possibly being not believed! I bet half of you would be crying a different story if this happened to you our your child!

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