An 18-year-old high school student has been charged by police with statutory rape for an alleged incident involving a 12-year-old girl in Wake County.
Michael Campbell McGill, age 18, was arrested by Cary Police and charged with one count of first-degree statutory rape and one count of statutory sex offense.
State statute defines first-degree statutory rape as vaginal intercourse with a child under the age of 13 and the perpetrator is at least 12 years old and at least four years old than the victim. Both charges are Class B1 felonies carrying a penalty of 144 months in prison to life without parole.
The bail set for McGill is $1 million dollars and he remains in custody at the Wake County Detention Center.
The alleged offenses were reported at Middle Creek High School in Wake County on Nov. 30, 2020. It is not yet clear if there are other victims. Cary Police are continuing to investigate.
McGill is a football player whose Facebook page lists him as currently living in the Fuquay Varina area of Wake County. The address of his arrest was 5201 Turning Branch Lane in Raleigh, which is northeast of Fuquay.
According to media reports, McGill is known to have been a student at least four schools in the last three years. He went to two high schools in the Wake County Public Schools system. He also attended a school in Johnston County. McGill most recently attended the Ahop Christian Leadership Academy located in Chapel Hill.
According to WRAL, “Wake County Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said McGill gave the girl a ride, and her family contacted law enforcement after she told them what occurred.”
Shekita apparently told WRAL that there wasn’t a relationship nor any knowledge by the family that McGill and the girl were together.
“The information that has been received is that she was pressured into doing something she didn’t want to do,” Shekita said.