A 17-year-old accused of rape at Prior Lake High School last year will be treated as an adult, a 1st Judicial District judge decided earlier this month.
Investigators accused Ramero Carmelino Robbins-Tyler of Prior Lake of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct after they said he cornered a 15-year-old student in a music room in October and raped her for several minutes before another student entered the room, according to Robbins-Tyler’s detention order.
If he’s found guilty, the charge brings a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
District Judge Christian Wilton certified Robbins-Tyler as an adult on June 14, according to the order. The boy was being held at a juvenile detention center at the time and was in Scott County Jail custody by Monday, June 17, with bail set at $250,000, according to jail and court records.
The detention order’s statement of probable cause said Savage Police received the sexual assault report the same afternoon of the alleged assault. The victim spoke to police after telling her bus driver and mother, according to the report.
The victim told a detective she met her assailant in the cafeteria before walking to a room in the music wing. The assault began with forcible kissing and continued for what “felt like ten minutes of hell” despite her struggling and repeatedly saying no, the victim said.
Another male student walked in during the assault, and the victim said she ran out of the room after Robbins-Tyler jumped off of her.
Security footage at the high school showed the victim meeting a male whom the school resource officer identified as Robbins-Tyler, the report states. Police arrested him later that evening; his clothing was seized, and he was ordered to complete a sexual assault examination.
Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools in a written statement said the district began its own investigation after the assault but didn’t alert parents because of student privacy laws and the open police inquiry. Robbins-Tyler is no longer enrolled in the district.
“Moving forward, PLSAS will continue to work with Police, as needed. Student safety is, and continues to be, our top priority,” the district said.