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Plea Withdrawn in Capital High Sexual Assault Case


A former Capital High School student accused of raping a 15-year-old girl inside the school earlier this year was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey approved a motion filed by the 17-year-old boy’s attorney to allow him to back out of the plea deal. Bailey says when King entered the agreement, he may not have known he would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The boy pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse last month as part of a deal for giving up his juvenile status to be tried as an adult.

The boy was arrested in January after officials say he pulled the girl to the ground before dragging her underneath a stairwell at the school.. He faces a charge for second-degree sexual assault.