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16-Year-Old Matanzas High Student Accused Of Raping 14-Year-Old in School Stairwell

| January 15, 2013

The alleged rape is reported to have taken place in a stairwell at Matanzas High School. This image is of a generic stairwell, not of Matanzas's. (Daehyun Park)

The alleged rape is reported to have taken place in a stairwell at Matanzas High School. This image is of a generic stairwell, not of Matanzas’s. (Daehyun Park)

For several years, D’Shawn Hosang has been a concern of school authorities and, at times, of police. He was enrolled in Flagler County’s African American Mentor Program when he was at Buddy Taylor Middle School. The program pairs young boys who are either at-risk of straying into destructive behavior or have already done so, with an adult mentor who supervises the boy’s academic and social activities. The program has had its successes, lifting many a student’s performance or righting his course. But it has its setbacks: mentors have been known to have to visit their charge in jail.

Last June, Hosang, who’s now 16 and who used to attend Flagler Palm Coast High School, was part of the mentor program’s annual end-of-year ceremony, recognizing its ranks. A month later, Hosang was under arrest, one of three teen-agers charged in a burglary spree in Palm Coast’s B Section.

Numerous electronics that had been reported stolen from several cars were found in the attic of the house where Hosang lived, with his mother, on Berkshire Lane. He was charged with a felony, and placed on probation. When school resumed, he was at Matanzas High School.

The latest charge against Hosang is far more serious. He is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a stairwell at Matanzas High School.

The incident is alleged to have taken place at 9:46 a.m. on Monday (school starts at 8 a.m. at Matanzas). According to the arrest report, “the victim stated in her interview that she and D’Shawn Hosang were kissing in the stairwell and then D’Shawn Hosang pulled out his penis and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The victim then stated that D’Shawn Hosang forced her to turn around and penetrated her vagina with his penis.”

Matanzas is on block scheduling, meaning that class periods last 82 minutes. The alleged incident took place 10 minutes into the second period, which had started at 9:35 a.m. Both students had requested (and been granted) hall passes to go to the library and check out a book, according to the school administration. Two separate teachers provided the passes, unaware of the other’s actions.

How sexual activity could take place in a school stairwell may be a pressing question after an allegation of the sort, but Matanzas Principal Chris Pryor said it’s impossible to have eyes and ears in every segment of the school at all times.

“We can’t control everything,” Pryor said. “We don’t have cameras everywhere, we don’t have enough people to patrol every hallway and every stairwell. This was a well-traveled stairwell, I was surprised” that the alleged incident had taken place there. The school has its own School Resource Deputy.

There were security cameras in the stairwell–above and below where the alleged incident took place. But students are wise to the cameras’ emplacements, too.

Pryor is meeting with the faculty today to talk about strategies for greater attention. “Other than completely locking kids in classrooms 100 percfent of the time, all we can do is urge teachers to be more vigilant,” Pryor said, referring to when students are let out on hall passes.

Hosang was arrested at 5 p.m. yesterday after being questioned at the sheriff’s office’s Investigative Services Division (he still lives on Berkshire Lane). According to the arrest report, which was heavily redacted, Hosang gave a recorded statement to police, but denied having sex with the girl. He admitted meeting the girl in the stairwell.

The arrest was based on evidence from text messages exchanged between Hosang and the girl between 9:59 a.m. and 10:54 a.m. “Both the victim and the defendant showed me their cell phones and the text messages back and forth between the two,” the arresting deputy wrote in the report.

Hosang was taken to a youth jail in Daytona Beach. He is charged with felony second degree sexual battery, a legal term for rape, and also charged with violating probation.

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85 Responses for “16-Year-Old Matanzas High Student Accused Of Raping 14-Year-Old in School Stairwell”

  1. Deep South says:

    I’m some what puzzled on this story and now I will say what I believe. The boy is 16, and the girl is 14, both minors, and both going though hormone changes. Young people today are more biologically older today then young people 20 years ago. They are more physically developed because of better healthcare, and better nutrition. Kids today have bodies of 18 and 20 year olds. They are bigger and stronger, and yes smarter. They start having sex younger because they are developing faster than the youths of years ago. I’m not defending the boy, but I believe his reputation has a lot to do with the conviction. Let’s study the evidence before we pass judgement. Also try to going to a High School Football Game, and stand next to the players those guys are huge, and even the cheerleaders.


    • Magnolia says:

      They’re having sex because nobody is telling them it is wrong, that they need to wait. I think we’re all tiring of this “anything goes” attitude.

      You’re right, we’re passing judgement without knowing the facts, but maybe it’s time for the Sheriff’s office to hold an assembly to tell this kids this behavior is a felony and it means prison time. We have children having sex in elementary schools. This is NOT OK. Neither is rape, IF he is guilty.


    • cutie pie says:

      @ deep south, i strongly agree; WELL PUT


  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m a girl, and I believe that girls – even 14 year old girls – can be taught that it’s ok to say no, that they do have power. They can also be taught personal safety. Young adults that age are going to experiment with sex. Not saying he did/she did in this case, maybe flagler should consider having 1 all boys high school and 1 all girls high school. You can’t combine teenage boys and girls in a confined space with hormones raging and expect absolute self-control; that’s how the human race has survived. Regardless of who approves or not.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Florida Statutes 800.04

    (2) PROHIBITED DEFENSES.—Neither the victim’s lack of chastity nor the victim’s consent is a defense to the crimes proscribed by this section.

    (4) LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BATTERY.—A person who:
    (a) Engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age; or
    (b) Encourages, forces, or entices any person less than 16 years of age to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any other act involving sexual activity

    commits lewd or lascivious battery, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.


    What this means is that minors below age 16 cannot consent with anybody, period. Whether or not she asked for it is inconsequential since the activity is already non-consensual by statute. Our state’s similar age exception, or “Romeo & Juliet” law, only applies when both parties are aged 16 or older. I hope that this clears things up for those who had any doubts about this case.


  4. kmedley says:

    My son attends Matanzas High and I asked him what he had heard. Now, I know this is hearsay; but, this is what is being said at school by students. There are two stories. One is that the young lovers wanted to test the boundaries of public sex and each planned to request a pass from their teacher in order to meet in the stairwell. The girl got nervous, there were two other students approaching the area, and she cried rape. The other story is that the two students who caught the couple threatened to call school administrators if the two didn’t stop. I am simply sharing that which is being said at school. There are two sides to every story and I am certainly not defending the boy. I understand rape all too well. Another news source reported the girl sent texts to the boy after reporting the rape. Let’s not forget, it started out as an “Afternoon Delight”. Can she still say no? Absolutely! Whether she did or not is for a court and jury to decide.


  5. Binkey says:

    Students should not be sent out of class by themselves. A same gender buddy should have been sent so there is never a lone person in the hallway.


  6. maryann says:

    They were said to be texting each other and kissing each other. I have a hard time putting 100% blame on the male or calling it “RAPE” That is a very dangerous word and if in fact this girl was just upset after the fact, it is not rape. I’m a female and if I didn’t want a penis in my mouth – it won’t be there – I have teeth – I can fight back VERY easily and it doesn’t have anything to do with size or strength. She would have definitely had the upper hand in that situation so please lets stop calling this rape. I got into some trouble as a kid – alot of them do and just because they have “pasts” doesn’t mean they are guilty of every crime. I don’t have children in MHS nor do I know the principal so I have a very unbias opinion that it is not solely his responsibility to be everywhere. Let’s be realistic – it is the parents responsibility to start raising responsible adults! High school is old enough to know better. Parents – stop playing the blame game and take responsibility for your children. Do you think because they are at school all day it’s the teachers role to raise your children – it’s their responsibility to teach them book smarts – the fundamentals of life are your responsibility! You could potentially be ruining a boys life because of fault accusations….be very careful here. Think – men – could you force a woman to give you oral sex and be comfortable that she wouldn’t bite down…..girls – BITE – it only takes a second he would be on his knees crying and you get away. It’s not real rape – it’s regret..that’s different!


    • Anonymous says:

      Under Florida law, all sex with minors below age 16 is statutory rape. The victim’s consent is not a defense. There is no similar age exception when the victim is below age 16.

      Thus, if sexual activity is found to have taken place, it is statutory rape. Don’t agree with statutory rape laws then petition your legislators to have them changed.

      We have an age of consent, so it should either be enforced for everybody or for nobody, but stop playing games.


  7. SouthernBell says:

    I met a petite divorced woman years ago who had 3 teenage children. But like this woman, parents in need of disciplining their children or “young adults” have found out the kids have all the power- their parents have literally got their hands tied. Her teenage daughter; who was a young 17 year old mother living under mommy’s roof, was being rude, mouthy and disrespectful but when her mother slapped her across the face the mother was hauled off to jail and not allowed to return to her own home! Everything has gone so far to the left it’s ridiculous. When I was a kid trust me you did not talk back to your parents or other adults of authority without some form of discipline. Protect abused children absolutely! but there must be accountability when children are disrespectful at home or they will be disrespectful everywhere.
    @ Deep South, Aside from the fact that you are very articulate and seem to have a good head on your shoulders and will more than likely be a great benefit to society…Children are bigger, bustier, and don’t appear to be their age because of the hormones fed to poultry, beef, etc. and preservatives in our foods. In South America children are fed hormone free meat unlike the food adults are fed. They still look like children…both boys and girls…when they are 18 and older. It’s not from being malnourished- I know this because my husband grew up there and I met his cousins when they moved here…they were by no means poor. So no I hardly believe it’s because we are healthier now than in the past. As a matter of fact I believe the healthcare was more affordable, and run by doctors who cared instead of by bureaucrats. One more thing kids eat a lot of junk when allowed and along with everything else that makes a girl look more womanly at 14 is because breast and hips are fat tissue. Just sayin’….


  8. SouthernBell says:

    Oops, I meant to direct some of @ Deep South to @ Deep North.


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