Prosecutors seek adult court in players' rape case
COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Columbia have asked a judge to transfer the case of two juvenile football players charged with rape to adult court.
Assistant District Attorney Kyle Dodd told the Columbia Daily Herald his office filed a petition Wednesday to try the Mount Pleasant players, ages 16 and 17, as adults. Their names haven't been released because they are juveniles.
The two players and the team quarterback, 18-year-old Princeton Harlan, were charged with rape last week over a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl. Authorities say it's not alleged that force was involved, but rape charges were filed because of her age.
Police said the girl became pregnant and had an abortion.
Harlan has been a top recruiting prospect, drawing interest from Auburn, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.