Calif. boy accused of rape Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff
Summit County Sheriff’s Office detectives say they are investigating whether a juvenile boy raped a 16-year-old girl at the Grand Summit Hotel New Year’s Eve.
According to Summit County sheriff’s Capt. Joe Offret, a 16-year-old girl from New York state was allegedly raped by an acquaintance near The Canyons. "She spent the night with an individual from Los Angeles they met here," Offret said.
The girl’s father reported the incident to a county dispatcher on Jan. 1 at 9:41 p.m. "This is still under investigation," Offret said. "They’ve identified who the suspect is."
Summit County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dave Booth said the boy and girl had been drinking and it’s possible the sex was consensual. "It’s an acquaintance rape it wasn’t aggravated," Offret claims. "We actually investigate a number of cases that are similar to this every year. They’re more common than I think the people would like to think here in Summit County." Booth says it’s common for people to wake up with regrets after drinking too much while on vacation. "If there’s not a witness or there’s not any sign of trauma or anything, it’s pretty hard to make a case," he said. The suspect has cooperated with investigators, Booth said. "The suspect’s side is being very forthcoming with information. Their side of it, obviously, is it was very consensual," Booth said.
Canyons spokeswoman Katie Eldridge said she was not aware of the incident when contacted Monday.
"I really never heard it was a problem here," she said.
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