Teenager accused of raping prep school classmate at drunken house party
BATON ROUGE – A 17-year-old student-athlete at an area private high school was booked into jail this week, accused of raping a classmate during a drunken party after prom.
The arrest was made in July after weeks of investigative work by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Deputies wrote in arrest reports, the teenager made a recorded confession about the attack.
Tzuriel Rex Pedigo was booked and released on bond six hours later on Tuesday. Pedigo is charged with two counts of first degree rape. Deputies said Pedigo attacked the same girl twice in one night in the pantry of a home where an after party was going on following the school dance in May 2017.
At first, the 16-year-old victim said she was forced to perform oral sex on Pedigo but was held down and assaulted sexually again when the two returned to the pantry to talk about the initial encounter. Deputies wrote in arrest documents, Pedigo and the girl later talked about the incident when they saw each other at school. The girl recorded the discussion. Deputies said they listened to the recording later and heard Pedigo tell the girl he felt “ashamed of what I've done” and “every time I think of what I done, I'm reminded that I'm a monster,” deputies wrote in the documents filed with the court.
Deputies said they were able to confirm the voice on the recording was Pedigo and that he said during the recording while the victim repeatedly told him to stop, he continued because he was too drunk to function.
Witnesses also told deputies, the victim was seen crying at the party and Pedigo was seen apologizing, telling the woman “I didn't mean to do it!”
Pedigo and the victim attend Parkview Baptist School. The school did not want to comment when reached Thursday.
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