Howard teen-ager suspended 10 days after sex incident

April 29, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

One of the three Ellicott City teen-agers cleared of raping a 15-year-old girl at Mount Hebron High School received a 10-day suspension yesterday from the principal for his role in the sex incident, his mother said.

Demitris R. Myrick, 18, a sophomore, has not returned to the school since Howard County police arrested him and two other boys April 15 and charged them with raping a 15-year-old girl in a bathroom. Authorities dropped the charges Tuesday after saying the girl had retracted her story.

Myrick's mother, Cathey Jones, said Principal Veronica Bohn told her by phone that her son's suspension was effective this past Monday and that she would receive a letter about the decision.

Jones said the principal also told her she must meet with Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin, who could hand down additional punishment.

The other two boys -- Christopher S. Berry, 16, and Roderick D. Rudolph, 15 -- apparently had not been notified of their punishment, according to Berry's mother and an attorney for Rudolph. An attorney for the girl declined to comment.

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