Chartiers Valley High School sports star, 18, accused of raping girl, 17

Chartiers Valley High School sports star, 18, accused of raping girl, 17

SCOTT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A two-sport star at a suburban Pittsburgh high school has been charged with raping a 17-year-old girl after allegedly luring her to his home with a gift.

Eighteen-year-old Ross Wilkerson was arrested Tuesday on rape, aggravated indecent assault and other charges.

Scott Township police say Wilkerson messaged the girl on Snapchat last Friday and told her to come to a pool house behind his home. Police say when the girl arrived, Wilkerson forced her to have sex.

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Wilkerson's attorney denied the allegations.

"The victim's story is completely false," Michael Santicola said. "It's absolutely a shame he has to go through this."

School officials have declined comment, citing confidentiality rules about student matters.

Wilkerson was the leading scorer on the school's basketball team. He also stars on the school's baseball team and had planned to attend John Carroll University to play that sport.

Police said the investigation is ongoing. Wilkerson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 16.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.