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High School Football Players Accused Of Raping, Impregnating 12-Year-Old

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — Authorities in Maury County say three high school football players were charged with rape of a child under the age of 13 and are accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl who became pregnant.

Lt. Andy Jackson of the Maury County sheriff’s office told The Daily Herald that 18-year-old Princeton Harlan, a quarterback for the Mt. Pleasant High School football team, was arrested at the school on Wednesday morning.

Jackson said two other members of the team, ages 16 and 17, were charged as juveniles. Their names were not released.

Det. Tony Bailey said the 12-year-old victim became pregnant after having consensual sex with the three individuals.

“It wasn’t forcible rape,” Bailey told the Columbia Daily Herald. “The reason they’re charged with rape is because of her age.”

Harlan was booked into jail and released after posting a $100,000 bond. No phone listing in his name could be found.

The paper reported that Harlan continued to play in games throughout the investigation.

Maury County Public Schools declined to discuss the investigation, the Mt. Pleasant High School football program, or the district’s policies with the Herald.

“I have conferred with the director of schools and the school board attorney and the district is unable to make comment,” Maury County Schools Spokeswoman Kim Doddridge said in an email to the Herald.

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