Teen suspected of sex assault at high school south of Montreal

Teen suspected of sex assault at high school south of Montreal
Teen suspected of sex assault at high school south of Montreal

Published on: March 20, 2017 | Last Updated: March 20, 2017 7:56 PM EDT

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A 14-year-old boy has been accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student at a South Shore high school, sources told the Montreal Gazette.

Police in Longueuil confirmed Monday they are investigating allegations from two other students who claim they were sexually assaulted by the suspect. At least one of the assaults is reported to have taken place at Heritage Regional High School in St-Hubert, according to a source.

The accused is scheduled to appear in court this spring.

Longueuil police say a student came forward on Feb. 24 and filed an official complaint, claiming to have been assaulted on Feb. 10. After interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence, investigators with the department’s sexual crimes unit arrested a 14-year-old on March 6.

The boy turned himself in at the police station, was arrested by police and released on a promise to appear in court later this spring. As part of the conditions of his release, the suspect can no longer attend Heritage Regional High School.

Since the first complaint, two others have filed police reports claiming they were sexually assaulted by the same suspect. The Montreal Gazette could not reach Riverside School Board Chair Dan Lamoureux for comment.

News of the investigation and pending charges was first reported by CBC Montreal, which quoted parents saying officials at the high school didn’t inform them about the allegations.

“It was shocking. It was absolutely shocking,” Samantha Bateman, a parent of a student at Heritage, told CBC Montreal. “In a situation like this, where we are kind of hearing things from the grapevine and then we have to reach out to the school first to get answers? I don’t think that’s appropriate.”

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