An 18-year-old Coronado High School student has been arrested for reportedly forcing himself upon a female classmate to have sex in April, according to police officials.
On May 6, Scottsdale police arrested Tristan Figueroa. According to court documents, the female student — who is eight months younger than Figueroa — told police that he had assaulted her in April while in a small class room by herself.
The victim told police she was doing work for a class when Figueroa reportedly approached her, put his arms around her waist and began kissing and biting her neck.
Figueroa reportedly forced himself on the victim, despite her telling him, “no,” according to court documents. After Figueroa was arrested, police say he admitted to hearing the victim say, “no” twice, and the word stop.
Figueroa explained he thought it was OK due to the victim’s body language, but stated that he should have stopped, according to court documents.
Figueroa has been booked on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor, according to Scottsdale PD.
Coronado High School released a letter to parents stating:
“Scottsdale Police are currently investigating a sexual assault that involves two of our students. Coronado High School and the Scottsdale Unified School District are fully cooperating with police in their investigation, which is ongoing. Neither the District nor Coronado are commenting at this time, so as not to jeopardize the investigation. Important privacy rights are at issue, and therefore, discretion is imperative.
SUSD supports all of its students and takes this type of allegation very seriously. Additionally, our high school has cameras, security guards and a school resource officer (SRO) on campus. As always, our students’ safety is a top priority.”
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