Anchorage boy arrested in sex assault at school

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2002

ANCHORAGE - A Bartlett High School freshman has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl inside the school Wednesday, Anchorage police said.

The boy, also 14, was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault and is being held at the McLaughlin Youth Center. His name was not released because he is a juvenile.

Police said the boy was talking to the freshman girl after school as the two walked through the hallways. The girl told investigators that, at about 4:15 p.m., the boy forced her underneath a stairway near one of the two cafeterias. The boy touched her inappropriately, performed oral sex and forced her to perform oral sex, police spokesman Ron McGee said.

After the incident, McGee said, friends found the girl upset and vomiting in the girls bathroom. She told them what happened, and the friends told school officials, who called police.

Police arrested the boy in the principal's office. McGee said the boy acknowledged the incident happened but said it was consensual.

The school also will take disciplinary action against the boy, said Jim Taylor, Anchorage School District secondary education supervisor. Taylor said he could not remember a sexual assault ever happening in an Anchorage high school.

About 2,000 students attend Bartlett.

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