The attorney representing 18-year-old Cameron Harrison, the Spanish Fort High School student accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old female at a party in October, released a statement today demanding Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon drop all charges against his client.
According to Harrison’s attorney John Beck, the defendant has been falsely accused. Beck accused the district attorney’s office and law enforcement of an “irresponsible rush to judgment” to punish the former SFHS running back.
The statement reads, “The overwhelming support for Cameron in the community reflects nothing more than familiarity with his good character and familiarity with the circumstances surrounding a consensual encounter between himself and a fellow student: a fellow student who was fully cognizant of her choices and actions on that evening.
“Any suggestion that the complainant was unconscious and incapable of consenting is directly contradicted by the statements of over twenty male and female students who were present when these events unfolded. Not only did the complainant consent to this encounter, evidence will show that she actively pursued it.
“The complainant herself has repeatedly confirmed to several people that all acts between herself and Cameron were condoned and that she was an active participant. The complainant also sent a message to Mr. Harrison wherein she confirms ‘u didn’t rape me.’
“While Mr. Harrison regrets his actions, his regret is no different than the regret felt by the complainant for engaging in an alcohol-inspired act of consensual sexual gratification. The unfortunate response of the complainant was to blame someone else for her own decisions. The unfortunate consequences to Cameron’s eighteen year old reputation will never be abated.
“We urge law enforcement and the District Attorney to see this case for what it is and dismiss the charge immediately.”
Harrison was arrested Nov. 4 and charged with first-degree rape and released on $45,000 bond. According to terms set by the court, Harrison is confined to home arrest, banned from the school’s campus and monitored with a GPS ankle bracelet as the case proceeds.
Harrison is accused of raping the victim at a party in Daphne Oct. 24. The case is under investigation by the Daphne Police Department.
State law makes first-degree rape a Class A felony, which could carry a sentence of 10 years to 99 years imprisonment.
This week, Daphne police also arrested Cathy Roberts as part of their investigation. Roberts was charged with hosting the house party at 30394 Middle Creek Circle where minor were drinking. The charge is a class B misdemeanor.
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