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Deputies charge 4 East Henderson High students with rape

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From top-left to bottom-right: Vincent Curto, Tyler Garren, Matthew Bishop and Justin Ponder. (Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office) From top-left to bottom-right: Vincent Curto, Tyler Garren, Matthew Bishop and Justin Ponder. (Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies have charged four East Henderson High School students with rape in connection with an assault investigation.

Capt. Frank Stout with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said warrants were served for second-degree rape Wednesday for James Matthew Bishop, 17, Vincent Joseph Curto, 18, Tyler Scott Garren, 17, and Justin Wesley Ponder, 18.

According to the warrants, all four suspects assaulted the victim who was at the time helpless.

Deputies said the victim was also a student at East Henderson High School and it happened at a party thrown by a deputy's son while his parents were out of town.

"Some of our school resources officers heard about it at a high school basketball game," Stout said Wednesday. "We immediately began looking into it."

Last week, Stout said no adults were home at the time the alleged sexual assault happened. He said that the incident reportedly happened Dec. 8 at a deputy's home.

Because of the nature of the accusations and the people involved in the case, deputies asked state investigators to look into it, Stout said.

Henderson County Public Schools Superintendent David Jones said Dec. 13 he had been made aware of the allegations. He said his staff is cooperating with law enforcement during the investigation.

The four suspects are scheduled to appear before a judge Thursday morning.

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