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Police: 16 y/o to be charged as adult in Youth Villages rape case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Police say a 16-year-old will now be charged as an adult for attacking and raping a counselor at the Youth Villages Dogwood Campus.

"He should be charged as an adult. He`s already in Dogwood that is supposed to be a next chance thing," said Clyde Brooks.

Noah Freeman was a resident on the campus. Back in March, Freeman reportedly raped and nearly killed his counselor during a one on one meeting.

Those living near the campus say they`re blown away by the accusations.

"He must have some really deep issues to go that far," said one man. "He may have needed something besides a counseling facility."

Up until Monday, Freeman's case was being handled in Juvenile Court, but now a judge is ordering that he face aggravated rape and attempted first-degree murder charges.

WREG reached out to Youth Villages and received a statement saying "keeping staff and youth safe is our highest priority."

The statement continued by saying, "This is an active criminal case."

Police said Freeman was caught in the counselor`s office after another employee overheard screams for help.

The counselor was sent to Baptist East Hospital for her injuries. Freeman remains behind bars.