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Prosecutors say boy sexually assaulted girl in middle school

Being charged with a sex crime is a scary experience with the potential to seriously damage an individual's reputation, especially if the accused is still a minor. Because there are often only two people involved in the alleged crime, many of these cases come down to one person's testimony against that of the other.

In the Kansas City area, a 16-year-old male is facing serious criminal charges in just such a case. Juvenile authorities have accused the eighth-grader of juvenile delinquency for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old classmate at Raytown Middle School in February. The charges against him include forcible rape and sodomy.

Police say the girl was attacked Feb. 27, 2012. She alleges she was walking down a hallway on her way to class when the boy struck up a conversation with her. The girl says the boy then began pulling her toward a classroom.

According to police reports, the girl tried to walk away from the boy, but he grabbed her by her hair and dragged her into an empty classroom. Police say the teen then sexually assaulted the girl.

A spokesperson for the Raytown School District says the boy has been suspended from school since the incident. In addition to facing juvenile delinquency charges, he may be expelled from school. Now that criminal charges have been filed against the boy, district officials plan to hold a disciplinary hearing.

In March, the Raytown Middle School administrators sent a letter to parents informing them about the alleged incident. The letter said only the two students were believed to be involved in the incident and that details of the alleged assault are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

The teen is being held at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center. A hearing is planned to determine whether he will stand trial as an adult.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Eighth-grader charged in February rape," Brian Burnes, April 24, 2012

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