No cause for former Parkview Baptist student's arrest in alleged December rape, Orleans commissioner finds _lowres

Pryce Fletcher, 18

A Baton Rouge teenager accused of raping a woman the night after his high school’s state championship football game in December surrendered Wednesday morning to New Orleans Police.

Pryce Fletcher, 18, of 3325 Grassy Lake Drive, was booked on a count of third-degree rape and released that afternoon on $7,500 bail.

The victim and a number of friends went out drinking on Bourbon Street following the football game at the Superdome on Dec. 4, an NOPD report says.

After they’d gone out on Bourbon Street, Fletcher approached the woman, the report says.

The victim told detectives on Jan. 12 that she didn’t recall much between the time Fletcher approached her that night and when she awoke in a hotel room to Fletcher standing near the door telling her to hurry up so they could leave, the report says. When the victim met with friends in the lobby, they told her “they had been looking for her for some time,” the report says.

Though not identified by name in the report, Fletcher’s high school at the time, Parkview Baptist, played in the state championship game that night in New Orleans. Courtney Haindel, director of marketing and enrollment for the school, said Wednesday that Fletcher “has not attended Parkview Baptist School since April 6.”

When Fletcher contacted the victim later about a jacket she’d left in the room, the woman asked Fletcher if they’d had sex, the report says.

After “eluding her initially,” the report says, Fletcher said they did and told her not to tell anyone. Fletcher “continuously sent her Snapchats to not say anything,” the victim told detectives, referring to a messaging app that erases messages shortly after opening. Records of the messages between Fletcher and the victim don’t exist for that reason, the report notes.

DNA evidence collected from the victim’s underwear matched a sample taken from Fletcher under a search warrant, the report says.

Fletcher’s attorney, Michael Ciaccio, said his client is innocent but declined to comment further on the case.