Attorney: Fuquay-Varina teen facing rape charges ‘did stop’

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fuquay-Varina teenager has been charged with three sex offense charges, including second-degree forcible rape, according to Wake County documents.

Zachary Sean Ihler, 17, was charged with second-degree forcible sex offense and attempted second-degree forcible rape dating to an event on March 11.

According to the town of Fuquay-Varina, a 16-year-old girl reported that on Feb. 25, a 17-year-old boy she knew sexually assaulted her at a private residence. Both were students at Fuquay-Varina High School.

The other incident happened at the school at a baseball game.

Ihler faced a judge Tuesday afternoon and his attorney requested a lower bond. His attorney told the court that Ihler had “amorous intentions, but when she asked him to stop, he did stop.”

But the prosecution said, “She reported prior to the assault she told him, ‘No, stop, please don’t do this.'”

The judge lowered the bond to $200,000, prohibited him from being around any girls under the age of 18 and banned him from going on any Wake County high school properties.

Ihler turned himself into the Wake County Detention Center Monday.

“I was really surprised,” said Fuquay-Varina student Keaton Hughes. “I knew him from playing football. It’s not something I thought he would do.”

And senior Brianna Benson said, “For it to happen so close to home, it’s really surprising.”

“He was just a regular kid,” said senior Taylor Cissell. “You don’t expect something like that to happen so it was just weird.”

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said she was not aware of any additional allegations made against Ihler currently under investigation.

It’s not clear when school administrators became aware of the investigation into the incident which is alleged to have occurred on school property in March.

Fuquay-Varina police declined to comment on that. CBS North Carolina also contacted a Wake County Public Schools spokeswoman about that, but we haven’t received a response.

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