Police: Collinsville girl's sex was consensual, but photographed

News-DemocratNovember 1, 2013 

A reported sexual assault involving Collinsville High School students has turned out to be a case of consensual sex, police said Friday.

Fairmont City Police Chief Scott Penny said the initial allegation was that a 14-year-old Collinsville girl was "gang raped" by peers between Saturday night or early Sunday at a home in Fairmont City.

A Collinsville Police school resource officer reported the incident to Fairmont City Police on Monday after a student showed a Collinsville High School teacher a copy of a photo of the girl engaged in a sex act with two boys.

Penny said investigators determined the girl was engaged in consensual activity with two Collinsville High School students, ages 14 and 17.

"At no point is there an allegation that the female participant in this act was impaired by intoxication or drug abuse," Penny said.

Penny said the incident was reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in regard to the 14-year-old girl. The girl did not make any reports about a sexual attack.

"It was a group of high school students exercising incredibly poor judgment," Penny said. "I think this story went through several evolutions at the high school. It's an upsetting story, factually, but when you add other aggravating factors, it becomes heinous."

The girl and two boys attended a house party in the 4000 block of Cookson Road with about a dozen other students, Penny said.

At some point, a 16-year-old boy headed to the restroom, walked by the bedroom area and photographed the sex acts, Penny said. It's unclear whether a video of the incident is circulating, too, he said.

Police were referring the photograph and other findings to the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office.

Police on Friday were still investigating how the students got the alcohol and if any adults were involved.

The party was at the home of a 14-year-old boy who also attends Collinsville High School. Penny said the boy's father is a primary caregiver and works a night shift, so the boy was home alone.

"We are making certain the father, the homeowner, was unaware and not condoning any of this behavior," Penny said.

Police were also trying to identify and interview anyone who was at the party or has information about the incident.

Kelly Carpenter, director of human resources for Collinsville Community Unit School District, said school officials are investigating the situation, and they have given information to the police and are cooperating.

Anyone with information can call Fairmont City Police Lt. Noe Marquez at 274-4504.

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BNDBelleville.