Teen accused of rape had sexual harassment past; blackmailed victims with nude photos

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Court records released Monday from a hearing involving a teen accused of committing sexual assault against some of his classmates revealed more details in the disturbing case.

Last week a seventh victim of 16-year-old Maysen Melton came forward accusing him of rape.  The Palo Verde High School student appeared before a judge Thursday for the first time since a grand jury indictment him on 23 felony charges.  The judge more than doubled Melton’s bail after learning about new allegations that he reportedly sexually assaulted a classmate while he was previously out of police custody and on house arrest.

All of Melton’s alleged victims were attended school with him at Shadow Ridge High School.

The court records showed that in most of the incidents Melton would demand that his victims send him nude photos before he assaulted them.  Melton would then use those pictures as blackmail after he raped them, court documents said.

The sexual assaults happened in a number of places, including after hours at Shadow Ridge High School.  Another incident happened in Melton’s home while his parents were upstairs sleeping.

According to court records, the sex assault allegations aren’t the only times Melton had been in trouble.  The teen was also accused of sexual harassment while he was at Bracken Elementary. He was suspended for two days.

Two years later he was suspended from Bridger Middle School for sending inappropriate photos of himself to girls before asking for pictures in return.

That same school year Melton was temporarily moved to Saville Junior High School, but he was kicked out for touching a classmate.

After that incident, Melton was forced to complete juvenile sex offender treatment and moved to Calwallader Middle School for the 2014 school year.  He was ultimately expelled from that school for repeatedly touching a female student.

Bail for Melton has been set at half a million dollars.  The teen has been placed under house arrest, but he’s not suppose to have access to a cell phone.  The judge ordered him to not make any contact with the victims.
 

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