COLUMBIA — Princeton Harlan, a star quarterback for Mt. Pleasant who is being recruited by SEC schools, was arrested Wednesday and charged with rape of a child.
Anthony Bailey, a Maury County Sheriff’s Department detective, said the alleged victim was a girl from Mt. Pleasant who is under the age of 13.
“Rape of a child is different than rape,” Bailey said. “There’s no forced intercourse involved. Rape of a child is anybody under the age of 13 cannot consent to sex. It doesn’t matter if it’s forced or not forced.
“The incident occurred around July 1 in Mt. Pleasant, Bailey said.
A 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old male, both from Mt. Pleasant, were also charged with rape of a child in separate incidents around July 1, Bailey said.
Their names aren’t being released because they are juveniles.
Harlan, 18, was released from jail on a $100,000 bond, Bailey said.
Child rape is a Class A felony. First-time offenders can face up to 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
The sheriff’s department began investigating the incidents in early August after receiving a complaint from the alleged victim’s parents, Bailey said.
Harlan, a member of The Tennessean Dandy Dozen, has passed for 1,565 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. He has rushed for 581 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The 6-4, 188-pound senior has been recruited by Vanderbilt, Auburn, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Tennessee and South Carolina, among others, according to 247sports.com and scout.com. First-year coach Jason Hoath declined comment Wednesday afternoon. Maury County director of schools Eddie Hickman could not be reached for comment. Mt. Pleasant (5-2, 4-0 6-A) hosts Perry County on Friday night.