Possible sexual assault reported at elementary school

By Dan Wells - bio | email

KENNEDY HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police are investigating a disturbing case of a possible  sexual assault inside a local elementary school classroom.

According to a police report, a fifth grade boy grabbed a sixth grade girl in a classroom at the John P. Parker school and inappropriately touched her in front of her classmates.

The attack has shocked the elementary school community in Kennedy Heights.

"Essentially this was an investigation that started when the mother of a 12 year old student at the John P. Parker school called police and made a report that her daughter had been sexually assaulted by another student in a classroom," said Sgt. Danita Kilgore with Cincinnati Police.

That attack involved a male student pulling up the victims skirt and mimicking a rape in front of both her class and a substitute teacher.

"Even though it is a situation that is involving two twelve year olds, obviously the police do not take that lightly we treat it the same an any other criminal offense," said Kilgore.

The male student could face a charge of gross sexual imposition.

According to the police report, the incident happened on March 19 around 2 p.m. Cincinnati Public School officials declined to talk on camera, but did issue a statement saying, "the district is conducting an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and whether correct policies and procedures were followed by personnel.  We have removed the substitute teacher who was supervising the class at the time of the alleged incident from further assignments in the district."

The school district says it's trying to figure out whether or not that substitute teacher tried to stop the attack.

"The investigation is still on-going so there is a lot of the details and the facts that still need to hammered out," said Kilgore.

The girl was not injured in the incident.