BAY MINETTE, AL- In a move that’s surprised many, teen rape suspect Cameron Harrison wants to be tried as an adult.
On Friday, the former Spanish Fort High football star filed a motion to withdraw his youthful offender application.
If the motion is granted, rather than face minimal jail time and adjudication if convicted as a juvenile, Harrison could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted as an adult.
In a youthful offender trial, the case is sealed and is only heard by a judge. In an adult rape trial, the case is heard by a 12-member grand jury. Harrison’s attorney says a jury trial is the only way his client can publicly clear his name of what he calls false accusations.
Harrison is accused of raping a former classmate at a party in the fall of 2015. A grand jury indicted Harrison for 1st degree rape earlier this year.
A judge is expected to rule on the motion this week.