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Southmoore sophomore charged with rape by instrumentation in wrestling incident

File photo: Entrance to Southmoore High School in Moore, Oklahoma on Friday, August 8, 2008.    BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
File photo: Entrance to Southmoore High School in Moore, Oklahoma on Friday, August 8, 2008. BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — A Southmoore High School sophomore has been charged with rape by instrumentation in connection with a wrestling room incident involving two junior high students.

Connor Michael Bell, 17, was charged Thursday in Cleveland County District Court with one felony count of rape by instrumentation.

The incident, which Bell referred to as “butt-dragging,” occurred the morning of Jan. 19, according to a police report.

While students were preparing to leave for a wrestling match in Edmond, Bell reportedly began bullying two junior high students. He is accused of using his finger to push the fabric uniforms the students were wearing into the rectums of the wrestlers, the police report states.

Bell said he “confessed to his wrestling coach that he'd taken things too far,” according to the police report.

He also reportedly attempted the act on a third wrestler, but was unsuccessful, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Bell admitted he had done it to other people before the incident and that it had been previously done to him, according to the affidavit.

Bell had not been arrested Thursday afternoon.

Moore police are investigating two reported sexual assaults at two schools (Published Feb. 3, 2016)

Matt Dinger

Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting. Read more ›

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