Four Juvies Charged: Sexual Assault
By Joan Ward George
Two 12 year olds and two 13 year old students of Junior High School 198 were arrested at the school on Monday, charged with the sexual assault of a 13 year old female student.
According to police authorities, the 13 year old girl reported to a school safety officer that she had been fondled by a group of boy students. Administration at the school, following protocol, contacted the police and the four youths that were identified as allegedly fondling their fellow student were taken into custody.
School officials at JHS 198 declined to comment on the incident and referred the Wave to the District 27 School Board office. According to Marty Weinstein, at District 27, "All four boys have been administratively suspended as per the chancellor’s regulations." Weinstin also pointed out that "all proper procedures were followed by the school’s administration" immediately after the incident was first reported to the school safety officer.