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Edgewood teen charged with rape the day after he graduates

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A 17-year-old, who graduated from Edgewood High School last Wednesday evening, was arrested the next day, charged with second-degree rape and initially held on $500,000 bond, according to court records.

Following a bail review Friday before District Court Judge Mimi Cooper, Devin Joseph Dean was ordered to remain in jail without bail. Dean, whose address in court records is listed as the 400 block of Bauers Drive in Edgewood, has nowhere to live if he is released from jail, an assistant state's attorney told Cooper.

"He presents a great danger to the public and especially to the victim," Cooper said, as she ordered his bail to be increased from $500,000 to none.

Dean's arrest Thursday stems from an alleged incident May 9. The rest of the circumstances of the allegations against Dean, who doesn't turn 18 until Dec. 17, according to court records, are not being published by The Aegis to protect his alleged victim.

During the bail review hearing, all three parties in the bail review – the judge, the prosecutor and the public defender – acknowledged that the allegations against Dean are very serious.

The allegations, if proven true, also represent an escalation in the seriousness of criminal behavior by Dean, the prosecutor told the judge. As a juvenile, the prosecutor said, Dean was found guilty of second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense. The judge offered a clarification that those were "findings of delinquency."

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