After being convicted of rape, a Billings Senior High student went on to play on the football team

After being convicted of rape, a Billings Senior High student went on to play on the football team

A Billings High School student played for the school’s varsity football team for at least six weeks after pleading guilty to a rape charge in juvenile district court earlier this summer.

School district policy states that any felony conviction prohibits participation in school activities.

The student admitted one of two felony charges of sex without consent on July 11 and was placed on official probation, according to youth court documents filed July 27. 14 in Yellowstone County District Court.

Since that conviction, the student has trained with the team and may have played up to six games.

The Billings Public Schools Sports and Activities Code of Conduct states that crimes “shall be considered acts that require immediate and permanent suspension from participation.”

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On Thursday, Billings Schools Superintendent Greg Upham said the district first learned of the crime on Saturday, October 1. 1 from information transmitted anonymously.

The next day, a Sunday, school officials met in an emergency meeting to discuss the matter, Upham said. On Monday, officials confirmed the accuracy of the information with the courts, and on Tuesday the district “took appropriate action,” Upham said. Due to a district privacy policy, Upham said he could not say what that action was.

Under the court’s probation order, the student is not required to register as a sex offender but must avoid contact with the unidentified victim, his family, witnesses or their families mentioned in the ‘lawsuit. The student must attend school or an alternative education program as well as any additional counseling or education classes deemed necessary by their probation officer to deal with “risky behavior”.

Court documents indicate that school district personnel could be made aware of the student’s information by the office of the youth court.

According to Billings School District 2 Policy 3300 outlining discipline for violations of the student code of conduct, the school board authorizes a building administrator to impose appropriate discipline on students under any measure, other than expulsion or punishment. personal injury in accordance with policies, procedures, rules and manuals.

Extracurricular conduct violations that occur in school jurisdictions include acts that demoralize or impact the physical or emotional safety of students and staff, are detrimental to the interests of the school, produce an adverse effect on school discipline or interfere with any educational function.

Under similar guidelines, the district itself can discipline a student to a higher degree, which could include expulsion or loss of student privileges.

The high school football parent-student handbook states that student-athletes must adhere to all district policies outlined in the BPS Code of Conduct.

High school principal Jeff Uhren did not respond to the Gazette’s request for comment in a timely manner.

Earlier this year, a Skyview High School alumnus filed a federal lawsuit against School District 2, claiming authorities had failed to end the harassment she allegedly suffered from a classmate and his friends.

The girl had been sexually assaulted and raped by the student, Brayden Jaymes Pond, who later pleaded guilty to rape charges involving multiple girls. The girl claims in the lawsuit that Pond and her friends “bullied, harassed and bullied” her on a daily basis for two years.

At one point, the victim found a severed rat’s head pinned with a stake to his car door handle.

During part of that period of harassment, school officials were aware of the allegations against Pond and had been told by the girl that she was being tormented by the group, according to the lawsuit.

With respect to students with felony charges attending the school, Upham said their proper treatment, supervision and records are largely the responsibility of the probation officer assigned to the student based on what he deems necessary following the charges.

“Every situation is different,” he said.

Previous proceedings outlining the nature and details of the felony charges are not publicly available because the charges were filed in youth court. The Gazette does not generally name minors involved in criminal cases.


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