BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Investigators and school leaders are not saying much about a rape that allegedly happened on a high school campus in Pender County. But tonight we are learning more.
Sam Clark Sanchez, 19, is charged with the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl at Pender High School. Deputies say it happened on the last day of school.
According to the incident report, the crime happened in the school’s auditorium the morning of June 7. Sanchez, a senior at the school, was arrested later that day. He got out of jail under $75,000 bond five days later.
We wanted to talk to school administrators about this alleged incident, but they refused to go on camera with us. They did however issue this statement. It reads in part:
“It is the district’s highest priority to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. We are deeply concerned about the serious nature of this matter and we are cooperating with the Sheriff’s Department’s investigation in a manner consistent with the school district’s policies, procedures, and the law.”
Sheriff’s investigators also won’t say much. Det. John Leatherwood, who is handling the case, says there may be a news release about what happened Friday. Leatherwood says the investigation continues. He says the case will eventually go before a grand jury.
We tried to reach Sanchez, but we could not find a phone listing for him.