Crime & Courts

Teen accused of raping 14-year-old in Mallard Creek High remained in jail Tuesday

Jonathan Neal
Jonathan Neal Mecklenburg County jail

An 18-year-old accused of raping a 14-year-old girl after school at Mallard Creek High last Thursday remained jailed Tuesday and will have to serve 24-hour house arrest if released, a judge ordered.

Jonathan Aquante Neal was in the Mecklenburg County jail on $25,000 bail on a charge of second-degree rape by force.

He will have to wear an electronic monitor supervised by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department if he posts bail, the judge ordered, while ruling that Neal would still be allowed to attend school.

The girl was raped indoors at about 3:35 p.m. that day, according to a police report. She was treated and released at Carolinas HealthCare System University, the report said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Superintendent Ann Clark issued a statement saying she was “deeply saddened” by the incident.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the student and family members impacted by this situation,” Clark said. “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.”

Mallard Creek High is on Johnston Oehler Road in north Charlotte.

Mallard Creek has school resource officers and campus security on duty during school hours, and staff is on campus during after-school activities, said Kathryn Block, CMS chief communications officer.

“No additional security is planned at this time,” Block said. “As you know, due to the swift responsiveness of law enforcement, the alleged perpetrator in the reported incident has been arrested and charged.”

Clark said CMS “will continue to provide any support needed by law enforcement to pursue this case to the fullest extent of the law.”

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