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Police say teen raped Bayside High girl at party

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Published reports said law enforcement officials were investigating allegations that the rape was videotaped and passed around among students at the school.Jon Caballero, a senior at the Bayside school, admitted that he had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl, according to court documents. Caballero was arrested April 12 and charged with rape, sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned April 13 in Queens Criminal Court. He was released on his own recognizance and was due back in court May 9.The girl told authorities that at an April 8 party near Northern Boulevard and 101st Street, she was given excessive amounts of brandy and passed out. Caballero allegedly raped her while she was unconscious, authorities said. Caballero admitted that he pulled off the victim's pants and had intercourse with her, according to the criminal complaint.Published reports said Caballero was arrested at Bayside High School, although police said the arrest was made at the 112th Precinct's Special Victims Unit in Forest Hills. It was unclear if he had turned himself in. The investigation was ongoing.No one answered the door at Caballero's 116th Street residence, and calls placed to his home and his lawyer Michael Anastasiou were not returned by press time.Bayside High School representatives referred inquiries to the Department of Education, which in turned declined to comment, with a spokeswoman saying it was a police matter. In College Point, neighbors said they were not surprised by the news."He may (have gone to) a Catholic school, but that doesn't mean anything," said a neighbor who refused to give her name but knew Caballero. "I feel bad for the little girl, don't get me wrong, but it happens when you hang out with older kids," she added. "It's a shame."Area residents said that stretch of 116th Street is a community of tightly knit families who are generally friendly. Although most of the neighbors were unfamiliar with Caballero, neighbors said the occupants of his home usually say hello when passing on the street.Reporter Scott Sieber contributed to this article.Reach reporter Sophia Chang by e-mail at news@timesledger.com, or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 146.

Posted 7:03 pm, October 10, 2011
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