jocori suspect


SALISBURY — School surveillance video footage shows a rape suspect grabbing a 15-year-old female student in a hallway Monday morning, Sgt. David Owens of the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday.

The suspect forced the victim to an area of Parkside High School that was not under video surveillance and then forcibly raped her, according to the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation.

“The suspect was able to control the victim and ultimately force sexual intercourse,” a news release stated.

That such a brazen incident is alleged to have occurred in a public school has generated ripples of concern among Salisbury parents.

Tammy Taylor said her daughter is scheduled to start school at Parkside High School next year. But that’s not going to happen, said Taylor, a Willards resident.

“I don’t feel safe sending my daughter to that school,” she said, offering up homeschooling or a move for the girl as alternatives.

Taylor said more than once that there were “no words” for what happened at the school.

“I’ve never heard of such a thing,” she said. “I never thought I would live to see such a thing.”

Peace order issued

Jocori Scarborough, 17, of Delmar, a Parkside student, faces charges including first-and second-degree rape, first- and second-degree assault and kidnapping in the incident. The maximum penalty for a conviction on the top count of first-degree rape is life in prison.

Scarborough has been released on $100,000 bond.

Assistant public defender Patrick Gilbert represented Scarborough at his bail review and said he’ll be handling the preliminary hearing on May 15. He said the office had no comment on the charges. Depending on the result of the preliminary hearing, the case will remain in District Court or be assigned to a Wicomico County Circuit Court attorney, he said.

A peace order case was filed against Scarborough on behalf of the victim Wednesday. The temporary court order states that Judge Paula Ann Price found there were reasonable grounds to believe Scarborough raped and assaulted the girl, caused her serious bodily harm and placed her in fear of future harm.