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High school senior charged with raping classmate in computer lab

Joy Wang
December 05, 2017 06:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A high school senior accused of raping and kidnapping a sophomore has been released from jail, but he will not be able to return to school until a hearing with Albuquerque Public Schools.

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David Salcido is a student at Rio Grande High School. He appeared before a judge Tuesday after detectives say he raped a student in the school computer lab after she told him to stop.

Court documents show the victim "felt that she was trapped there" while Salcido told detectives "he felt that the intercourse was consensual."

"We live in a sexually charged society and a lot of environments that we find teenagers in most commonly that becomes multiplied,” said Jim Harvey, the executive director of the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico.

Harvey can't comment on specific cases, but he said there needs to be more resources and education in schools.

"Sexual harassment, sexual violence, taking the liberties with one another is just not acceptable. It's dangerous," he said. "Consent is a culture. If you don't have explicit permission, then it's rape. And we want to drive that point home. The other message we want to get across particularly to victims is it's never your fault. It is never your fault and we believe you.”

Rio Grande High School's principal said officials will review safety protocols on campus since this alleged crime happened in the computer lab.

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