CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An 18-year-old Mallard Creek High School student bonded out of jail early Wednesday morning after being charged with a raping a 14-year-old classmate last Thursday on school grounds.
Jonathan Neal is charged with one count of second-degree rape.
During a Monday court appearance where bond was set at $25,000, the judge said Neal would have to remain on house arrest once released on bond, but could return to classes.
NBC Charlotte asked a spokesperson for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools if Neal could return to Mallard Creek.
The spokesperson said he was not able to comment on individual students, but said any disciplinary action would follow the student code of conduct.
The alleged rape happened after students were let out of school.
Police were called to the school just after 4 p.m.
The CMS spokesperson said the School Resource Officer would have left after school was dismissed at 2:15, but that there were other teachers and staff members who would have been in the school.
Students who know Neal said they couldn’t believe he had been arrested.
Darian Walker is a Mallard Creek student who says he is a friend of Neal’s said, “Me, knowing Jonathan for the time I’ve known him, I know he is not that type of guy.”
Another student, Myriah Yates said, “All of us know Jonathan pretty well. He is very popular. I’ve driven him home a few times and he never tried anything.”