Auburn High student found not guilty of rape, guilty on misdemeanor charge

Auburn High student found not guilty of rape, guilty on misdemeanor charge

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - A Lee County jury has deliberated on the case of a high school student charged with the sexual assault of a classmate.

The jury found Deairean Whetsthone not guilty of rape, but found guilty of a lesser charge of sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor.

The Auburn High School student accused of raping another student inside the school in Nov.2014. Police say Whetsthone was charged as an adult with for first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse.

"He deserved to get something for being in that bathroom, my grandchild is no better than she is, but people like to judge before they know, God knew the truth and I brought God into that courtroom with me. So whatever he need to do now, he need to do it, but he didn't rape her," Sarah Kennedy said, Whetstone's grandmother.

The alleged rape took place just after lunch inside of a girl's restroom at the school. Whetstone was arrested shortly after the incident.

"It has been a long and difficult trial for all parties involved, I am very proud of the victim for stepping up and telling what happened to her," says Gentry Jackson, Lee County's Assistant District Attorney.

Whetstone reportedly admitted to committing the crime while in police custody.

"I just want to apologize for all of us going through this, but my son is not guilty of rape and that was proven, I apologize to them and we want to move forward," Lashaner Brooks said, Whetstone's mother.

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