Jocori Marece Scarborough, 18, of Delmar was found guilty on all five counts he faced in connection with a May 5 rape of a fellow student at Parkside High School. In addition to second-degree rape, a Wicomico County jury found him guilty of false imprisonment, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and disturbing or threatening a student.
It took the jury about an hour and a half to decide on their verdict. Wicomico County Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Karen Dean said in her closing argument that Scarborough forcibly had sex with the victim. “She said no,” Dean said. “She said no several times.”
The 15-year-old girl testified on Monday that Scarborough told her she was going to have his baby as he assaulted her at Parkside High School on Beaglin Park Drive in Salisbury on May 5. The victim testified that Scarborough forcibly pulled her down a hallway and pushed her up against a wall, holding her by the hips while the sexual assault took place.
The girl said she told Scarborough she wouldn’t have sex with him but had agreed to walk with him to class. Under questioning by the defense, the girl said she and Scarborough had kissed.
Dean said the victim held it together bravely in the first place, but showed more emotion once she got back on the bus from Parkside to Wicomico High School, where there were people she knew. She used her friend’s cellphone to try to call her father.
Moreover there was also DNA evidence that they had sex, Dean said. Scarborough’s DNA was found on the victim’s underwear.
Defense attorney Eddie Gonzalez said his client hadn’t denied Scarborough and the victim had sex. The victim also wasn’t injured, Gonzalez said, and while a nurse had testified it could have been because of her young age, he noted she did say that sometimes victims have injuries.
He also questioned why the state didn’t call as witnesses another student who had been in the hallway or another of the victim’s friends who saw her after the incident.
Scarborough will be sentenced at a later date. He decided not to testify.
A large group of Scarborough’s loved ones gathered outside in the area of the courthouse for more than an hour after the verdict.
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