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Arrest made in Kalahari sexual assault

Courtney Astolfi • Jul 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM


A Sandusky man was arrested over the weekend for the March sexual assault of a teenage girl at Kalahari Resorts, where he worked as a lifeguard, deputies said.

Bryce Stokes, 19, of the 200 block of Taylor St., was indicted on one count each of rape and gross sexual imposition.

The charges stem from a March 10 incident, in which a 13-year-old Eastlake girl was visiting the resort with her 14-year-old friend, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

The pair had met Stokes while he was on duty as a lifeguard in the resort's pool, then ran into him later in the day after he was done with his shift and the water park had closed.

Stokes allegedly led the girls to a vacant conference room. There, he took the 13-year-old into a closet and held the door shut so her friend couldn't get in. He then allegedly made the girl perform sex acts on him and then performed acts on her, Oliver said.

The group then separated, but law enforcement did not learn of the assault until a few weeks later.

The girl had told some friends at school she was assaulted, and the friends in turn alerted authorities.

On March 31, Eastlake police reached out to the Erie County Sheriff's Office and detectives interviewed—or tried to interview— both the girl and Stokes.

“She alleges it was unwanted sexual contact,” Oliver said of the girl.

As for Stokes, he declined to make a statement to deputies and instead asked for an attorney, Oliver said.

An Erie County grand jury later chose to indict Stokes on both charges.

Stokes was arrested July 5 and taken to the Erie County jail. He remains behind bars on a $50,000 bond. 

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