Racine teen charged with raping classmate during school day
CALEDONIA - A 17-year-old student of a Racine-Unified School District charter high school was charged Tuesday with five counts, including first degree sexual assault of a child, for the forcible rape of a younger classmate in the school building during the school day.
Talon Mascaretti is accused of pulling a 15-year-old girl into the school building's boiler room on Thursday, March 6. That is where prosecutors claim he pulled the girls clothes off and raped her.
According to the complaint the girl told investigators she "tried to scream, but the machines in the room were super loud."
Both Mascaretti and the girl were students of The REAL School, a charter high school operating on the third floor of Olympia Brown School. The principal at Olympia Brown and a spokesperson for the Racine-Unified School District refused to comment on the incident.
A district spokesperson did confirm by telephone late Tuesday parents were never notified of the alleged crime on school property.
In a March 12 interview with investigators, the girl said she was heading to a common study area when approached by Mascaretti in a first floor hallway.
Mascaretti told her he had been taking prescription Xanax pills and "weed" and offered her drugs, she said. When she declined, he grabbed her by the wrists and pulled her into the boiler room where the sexual assault occurred.
The girl told investigators she was threatened by Mascaretti to keep quiet about the incident. She said he called her before school on March 7 with a chilling threat.
"Nothing happened, if you tell anyone, I’ll slit your throat, and your family’s throats," he said, according to the criminal complaint.
An attempt to reach the accused's parents Tuesday night was unsuccessful, as a family member closed the blinds of their Racine home when a reporter approached. Their yard was surrounded by a fence with locked gates.
Mascaretti remained in custody Tuesday night, held on $45,000 bail. He is due next in court April 2 for a preliminary hearing.