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Kidnapping & Sexual Assault Charges

Kidnapping and sexual battery charges against a teenager appearing in court this morning in Buncombe County.

Deputies arrested the teen yesterday for crimes that allegedly happened at a local high school involving another 16-year old male student that is mentally disabled.

Authorities say it happened at T.C. Roberson last April.

According to warrants, the male victim went to the school's principal in early April to report what happened.

The principal took it to the school resource officer and the Buncombe County Sheriff's office.

A student we spoke to was caught off guard by the arrest.

Shannon Sweet, T.C. Roberson student, says "I feel like we probably would have heard something by now but I've always felt safe at school so, I haven't heard anything about it."

We asked the school's spokesperson for an interview with the principal.  Jan Blunt responded saying quote, "per new procedures regarding matters turned over to law enforcement, please contact the sheriff's department and not the school"  end quote.

The Arden teenager was released from custody this morning.  He's scheduled to appeared in court September 26th to answer the charges.


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