Former High Point student charged with rape on campus pleads guilty to lesser charge


Tavio De’Shawn Whitehead

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A former High Point Central High School student who was charged with an on-campus rape has been released from jail, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Tavio De’Shawn Whitehead, 18, of 513 N. Centennial St., was originally charged with first-degree rape and assault by strangulation inflicting serious injury. On March 31, he pleaded guilty to lesser charges of assault by strangulation and sexual battery, according to Walt Jones, the lead prosecutor with the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office in High Point.

The incident happened at High Point Central High school in September 2015.

The warrant says Whitehead attacked a 14-year-old girl causing a hematoma to the victim’s forehead, hemorrhage to the right eye, a bloody nose and abrasion to the left side of the neck by strangulation.

Whitehead spent six months in the Guilford County Jail before the plea deal in March, according to the News & Record. He was originally sentenced to 8 to 19 months in prison for the strangulation charge plus 60 days in prison for battery.

As part of his plea deal, Whitehead is now on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry and was ordered to stay away from the victim.

Since being released, Whitehead has been served with a misdemeanor summons in connection with an assault.

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