Sexual assault reported at a Jonesboro junior high

Published: May. 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM CDT|Updated: May. 8, 2015 at 10:24 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police are investigating a report of false imprisonment and sexual assault at a local school.

Mike Reece, vice principal at Douglas MacArthur Junior High School, reported the alleged assault Thursday afternoon.

According to the initial incident report, a 14-year-old girl told Reece a 13-year-old boy followed her into the girl's restroom and tried to force himself on her.

The girl told the school resource officer the boy turned off the lights saying “let me feel your breast,” the report said.

When she told him “no,” the girl said the boy grabbed her breast and began rubbing her buttocks.

The girl told the officer she tried to push the boy away, but he kept coming back. When she tried to leave, she said the boy blocked the door.

While struggling with the boy, the girl said another student came into the restroom and turned on the lights, the report said.

The SRO then spoke with that student who reportedly confirmed she had walked in and turned on the lights.

The student told the officer she saw the girl pushing the boy away from her.

When asked about the alleged incident, the male student reportedly told the officer the three of them had been playing in the lobby, hitting each other.

The boy claimed the girl ran into the restroom and he followed her in and turned off the lights.

Once in the restroom, the boy said he ran over to the girl and hit her in the arm and ran out, meeting the third student who was coming in, the report said.

The boy denied touching or grabbing the girl.

The parents of both children were notified by phone of the incident and informed that someone from the police department would be contacting them. The boy was released to his mother.

Jonesboro School District Assistant Superintendent Mike Skelton released the following statement to Region 8 News about the allegations:

We take all allegations of this type very seriously because the safety and security of all students are of the utmost importance to us.  We are currently conducting our own investigation and will take appropriate disciplinary action based on our findings.

Jonesboro Police continue to investigate the incident.

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