tarnopolski joseph1 New Sex Assault Allegations Against Huron Twp. Teen

Joseph Tarnopolski is seen in court Wednesday. (WWJ Photo)

Another bombshell has been dropped in the case involving a 18-year-old high school student. Joseph Tarnopolski, who was cleared of rape charges earlier this week, could face similar charges in a second case.

 Tarnopolski, who a Senior at Huron High School, was facing a rape charge until his accuser hanged herself. Prosecutors Wednesday dropped criminal charges against Tarnopolski, saying they had no case without the accuser’s testimony.

Now WWJ has confirmed that Tarnopolski will face similar charges in a second case. A complaint was filed with Huron Township police back on October 22 and police Lt. Scott Carey says the paperwork has been sent to the Wayne County Prosecutors office.

Criminal charges in the case could come out next week.

Wednesday night,  Tarnopolski spoke to the media, saying he’s not to blame for the merciless taunting Samantha Kelly faced from classmates, that her family members say led to her death.

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

Tarnopolski said 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.

The News Herald reports Tarnopolski has dropped out of school.

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  1. noName says:

    “a little bit”???

  2. gtar says:

    What about “Statutory RAPE”? She was 14, he is 18!
    Did the lawyers forget that?

  3. Fo says:

    wheter there an accuser’s testimony against him, he admited to have sex with a minor–go think! He must be related to someone who can make that decision. What about the other charge pending, how is going to get out of that.

  4. DocPlum says:

    The way this whole thing was handled from beginning to end is a travesty of justice. Fo is right. He ADMITTED to having sex with an underage girl. It DOESN’T matter if it was consensual or NOT, it is STILL statutory rape. Does this kid have some kind of “in” with the courts?? The way the school dealt with the poor girl is criminal – the principal’s comments show at least a total ignorance of teenagers, at worst a complete insensitivity to a 14 year old girl who must have been really hurting emotionally. And the boy is a real piece of work. Nothing like avoiding complete responsibility for his actions – and, if he was such a “friend” to Kelly, why was SHE being harassed??

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