By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A high school student was arrested for raping a classmate in a stairwell at the Washington Irving Campus earlier this week. Police arrested 18-year-old Jevon Martin after he reportedly lured a 16-year-old girl into the stairwell and raped her between the third and fourth floors of the building on Monday morning at 8:20 a.m.
Martin allegedly grabbed the victim’s backpack to pull her into the stairwell, the Daily News reported. According to the district attorney’s office, Martin pushed the victim to the floor by her waist, pulled off her pants, kissed her neck and then raped her. The victim told police that she repeatedly told Martin to stop and pushed against his face and shoulders, the DA’s office said.
The New York Post noted that the girl reported the incident quickly and Martin was arrested around 12:30 p.m. the same day.
Legal Aid attorney Lorin Nathan, who is representing Martin, did not respond to a request for comment from T&V but previously told the Post that allegations such as these often have ulterior motives.
“The prosecution contends after forcibly raping a fellow student at 8 in the morning he attended all of his classes,” Nathan said. “We believe there may be surveillance inside the school. I suspect (the prosecution) will show a picture of what is alleged here. These are allegations that are very easily made.”
Other students in the school defended the suspect to the Post, saying that Martin is not disrespectful to women.
“A lot of girls like him,” said one student, Shaniyah. “He’s not the type to do that.”
The school building, located on Irving Place between East 16th and 17th Streets, houses a handful of charter schools, including a Success Academy elementary school for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.