Epiphany Cross Diver Accused of Rape

Cross divers in Tarpon Springs
Cross divers in Tarpon Springs

One of four Greek Orthodox teens honored last year after a botched cross-diving event to mark Epiphany is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl at a party.

Jared Alexander Alissandratos, 17, a senior at Tarpon Springs High School, was arrested this week and charged with sexual battery. The Palm Harbor teen is accused of assaulting the girl at a party at his father’s house on Chesapeake Drive early April 13.

The 15-year-old girl got drunk and was taken to a room to lie down, according to arrest records filed by Tarpon Springs police.

Two other teenage boys also might have assaulted the girl, law enforcement officials said, and prosecutors are expected to decide if there is enough evidence to charge them, too.

Tarpon Springs teenagers have taken to Twitter to discuss the case, with many of them decrying Alissandratos’ arrest and directing derogatory or obscene remarks at the girl he is accused of sexually battering.

Tarpon Springs police learned of the assault on April 15, after the girl spoke with the campus police officer at Tarpon Springs High School, Capt. Jeff Young said.

Alissandratos was among four teen boys declared winners in the 106th annual cross-diving event in Spring Bayou. The 2012 dive was the first time multiple winners were recognized.
(source: tbo)