A 14 year-old Clayton boy is facing rape charges, after being arrested by Cheswold Police July 18. He is accused of forcing an 8-year-old to perform oral sex acts on three separate occasions, according to documents released by Justice of the Peace Court No. 7 in Dover.


    Cheswold Police last week arrested a Smyrna school student accused of raping an 8-year-old boy on three separate occasions.

    Nathaniel Lake, 14, of Sudlersville Road in Clayton, was taken into custody July 18, said Cheswold Police spokeswoman Cpl. Susan Kline.

    There are two cases pending against Lake, who attended eighth grade at Smyrna Middle School last year.

    In the first case, Lake is charged with one count of rape and one count of unlawful sexual conduct for an incident at his home, outside of Clayton. The second case, involving two counts of rape and one count of unlawful sexual contact, stems from two reported incidents at a home in Cheswold.

    Lake is accused of forcing the 8-year-old to perform oral sex acts on three separate occasions, according to documents released by Justice of the Peace Court No. 7 in Dover. The victim told his mother after the third incident, the court documents said.

    The victim also told police that after Lake was confronted by the victim’s mother, he held a knife to his own neck and told the boy to “tell the truth or I will kill myself.”

    Although he could not comment on the specific case, Smyrna School District Assistant Superintendent Clarence E. “Buddy” Lloyd said when a student is charged with a crime of this nature, “the person would be not allowed to attend until more details are discovered.”

    “Once we are aware that charges are filed against someone and the charges indicate they are a threat to other students’ safety or well-being we try to err on the side of safety of the students,” Lloyd said.

    “When a child poses a threat to the welfare and safety of another student, we look to try to find an alternative placement for them,” he added. “Depending on a nature of the offense, the child could be expelled and not offered services also.”

    Lake was committed to the Ferris School for Boys in New Castle County on a $17,000 secured bond, Kline said.

    Jennifer Sprague is a staff writer with the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times, a sister paper to the Dover Post. Email her at jennifer.sprague@doverpost.com