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Teen arrested for rape of 12-year-old

Express Staff Writer

A 14-year-old Bellevue boy has been charged with the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Bellevue last week.

During an arraignment Friday in Twin Falls, 5th District Court Judge John Varin ruled that under Idaho code, Charles Drake must be tried as an adult, and set bail at $100,000. Drake was transported to the Mini-Cassia Detention Facility in Burley pending a preliminary hearing July 31.

Bellevue Marshal Randy Tremble said the events that led to Drake’s arrest began at 3:15 a.m. Thursday when his office received a report of a local 15-year-old boy missing from an outdoor party along a diversion canal near Broadford Road.

"Pursuant to that investigation, we determined that a sexual assault had occurred," he said.

He said deputies found a "highly intoxicated" 12-year-old girl, who appeared to be the victim of the assault.

Drake was arrested at 10:50 p.m. Thursday at his home in Bellevue.

Under Idaho law, any act of sexual intercourse by any perpetrator with a female under 18 years old is considered rape. If the defendant in a rape case is 14 or older, he must be tried as an adult.


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