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May 21, 2013

Teens admit to lewd elevator act

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City police are investigating a report of sexual contact between two teens in a Traverse City Central High School elevator.

Traverse City Area Public Schools officials received a tip late last week about the sexual act, which occurred about two months ago. TCAPS Human Resources Executive Director Christine Davis said the matter was reported to law enforcement.

“We are investigating it and we are working with police,” Davis said.

Traverse City Police Department Capt. Mike Ayling said officers had previously heard a rumor about the incident but were unable to substantiate the information until they were contacted by TCAPS officials last week.

Officers interviewed a boy, 16, and a girl, 15, who admitted to engaging in sexual conduct in the elevator. Ayling said parents of the minors are involved in the ongoing police investigation.

Michigan’s age of consent is 16. Ayling said the investigation might lead to criminal charges.

Two other students were caught having sex on Central’s tennis courts while school was in session this month.

Patrick Miguel Davis-Mercado, 18, now faces a misdemeanor charge after he and a 15-year-old girl admitted to the act.

Prosecutors chose not to issue a felony criminal sexual conduct charge against Davis-Mercado because the girl is close to the age of consent.

Prosecutors also consider factors like how far apart in age the individuals are and whether drugs or alcohol were used when determining charges in such cases, Grand Traverse County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Noelle Moeggenberg said this month.

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