Cross Dive honoree faces felony sex charge - FOX 13 News

Cross Dive honoree faces felony sex charge

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TARPON SPRINGS (FOX 13) -

A Tarpon Springs teenager who made headlines last year in the Epiphany Cross Dive was arrested Tuesday.

Jared Alissandratos, 17, is charged with one felony count of sexual battery after investigators say he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at a house party last weekend.

Alissandratos was one of four teens who were named as retrievers of the cross in the 2012 dive.

According the Tarpon Springs Police Department arrest report, Alissandratos threw a party at his father's house on Chesapeake Drive where several underage teenagers attended.

Investigators say the victim became "extremely intoxicated" and was taken to a room to lie down.

Tarpon Springs Police detectives say Alissandratos then went into the room and had sex with the victim, who was "not able to give consent due to her high level of intoxication," according to the report.

Police say there may have been two other teenage boys involved in the incident; charges for them are under review by the state attorney's office.

Alissandratos was one of four teenagers named cross retrievers in the 2012 dive after a dispute among the boys as to who grabbed the cross first.

Epiphany dive coordinator Michael Kouskoutis said he knows Alissandratos, and was taken aback by the arrest.

"I've known Jared and his family a long time and it seems out of character," Kouskoutis said. "He's a quiet kid, non-assuming, very respectful."

Another friend of the family said not to rush to judgment.

"I can say all the facts are not in yet. Once all the facts are in, you may be taking a total different perspective on this issue," said attorney Dean Tsourakis.

If convicted, Alissandratos could spend up to 30 years in prison.

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