tarnopolski joseph1 Teen Speaks Out After Rape Charges DroppedThe Huron High School senior, who was facing a rape charge until his accuser killed herself, says he’s not to blame for the merciless taunting she faced from classmates.

The 18-year-old Joseph Tarnopolski says Samantha Kelly was his friend and they had arranged to have sex as a “mutual thing” between them. He said he thought Kelly was 16-years-old and not 14.

Kelly went home from school Monday and hanged herself.

Prosecutors Wednesday dropped criminal charges against Tarnopolski, saying they had no case without the accuser’s testimony.

“I wish she hadn’t died,” Tarnopolski said Wednesday night. He added, “it will be on my mind forever” and said he felt “a little bit” responsible for Kelly’s death.

But Tarnopolski said if Kelly was getting ridiculed it wasn’t because of him.

Principal Donovan Rowe said school officials investigated the alleged bullying and found nothing overt. Rowe said on occasion he walked behind Samantha as she went from class to class and witnessed no harassment.

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  1. Willy says:

    Principal Donovan Rowe needs to reflect upon his investigation techniques. Walking behind the student do determine if other students were harassing her is ludicrous. Did he interview students? Did he talk to teachers? How serious did he take the allegations? Does the school have a bullying policy? Was it followed? 18 year old Joseph needs to look himself in the mirror. And those students who did taunt the child, regardless of the Principal’s findings, should be suspended.

  2. Rob says:

    Is that principal kidding? He walked behind her and witnessed nothing? No kidding, most students would not be harassing or bullying someone right in front of the principal. That might be the most uneducated response from an educator I have heard.

  3. dduck says:

    shame on the high school staff.

  4. Jim says:

    He admitted having sex with a 14 year old. And the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office dropped the charges? The Prosecutor’s office needs to be investigated!!!

  5. sandra says:

    really isn’t it against the law for an 18 year old to have sex {regardless if mutual} with a 14 year old? He just admitted to the whole world he had sex with her!

  6. Longshot says:

    All of you need to grow up. 2010 Teens like babies. Parents are even worst. Two teens having sex is not earth shattering news. What needs investigating is June Justice. This woman is loving all this attention. Her daughter is dead and she is loving this limelight. This wasn’t a 40 year old man. He is an 18 year old. My God, you people wouldn’t of survived the 60s-70s.

    Your all a bunch of Drama Queens.


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