Indiana teen accused of raping multiple classmates told victims to "loosen up"
The teenager was reportedly released from custody on $5,000 bond on September 10 and now he will be asked to enter pleas to the charges at his next court hearing.
A 17-year-old high school student, who was convicted last month, after being accused of sexual misconduct by at least four of his female schoolmates has reportedly been slapped with two felony counts of rape. The accused, identified as Levi Stewart from Plainfield, Indiana, has been charged as an adult and is facing up to 32 years in prison if convicted, according to probable cause affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.
The teenager was reportedly released from custody on $5,000 bond on September 10, and now he will be asked to enter pleas to the charges at his next court hearing, which is scheduled for November 14.
Stewart has been accused of "threatening, intimidating and harassing young female students in his classes to engage in sexual activity with him," according to the probable causes affidavit. The affidavit states that Stewart allegedly forced two 17-year-old girls into performing sex acts on him. He was arrested on September 6 on rape charges after the victims alerted the police.
Reports further state that the victims interviewed two other girls in the case — a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old — who also accused Stewart of forcing them into engaging in sexual activity at a public park in Plainfield. The allegations against the teenager reportedly span a period of at least 18 months.
According to the affidavit, the investigators were contacted by school officials late in August after some female students came forward, accusing Stewart of "harassing and touching" them after a football game at Plainfield High School on August 17 this year.
One of the four accusers in the affidavit said that Stewart used physical force with her after she refused to comply with his sexual demands. The teenager allegedly hit her or slapped her. The document also added that Stewart, after being rejected in a separate incident, allegedly grabbed the girl by the neck and screamed at her.
The affidavit further alleged that he forcibly kissed another accuser while unbuttoning her pants. He also allegedly forced the victim to perform oral sex on him and grabbed her by the back of the head and pushed her towards his crotch saying: "Do it. You're already down there," according to the affidavit.
In another incident, Stewart forcibly molested an accuser and when she asked him to stop, he allegedly told her to "just loosen up." A statement was released by the spokesperson of Plainfield Schools on Stewart's arrest, stating that the administrators "cooperated fully with law enforcement authorities throughout their investigation. It is our obligation and responsibility to protect the privacy of students, and we do not anticipate making further comment on this matter," according to The Indianapolis Star.