Police have arrested a 17-year-old Shadle Park High School student suspected of being sexually aggressive with several girls on school property.
School officials expelled the boy late last month. He was expelled from Rogers High School last year after nine reports of similar behavior, according to court documents.
At Shadle the boy reportedly pinned girls against the wall, groped them and kissed them after they asked him to stop. In one case a girl said the boy tried to force her to perform oral sex. One of the incidents was captured on video surveillance.
The teen, who is not being named because he is a minor, was arrested Wednesday, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Officer Teresa Fuller.
Spokane Public Schools spokesman Kevin Morrison said Thursday he had little information about the Shadle or Rogers incidents.
“It’s not unusual for a student to have issues at a school and then transfer to another school,” Morrison said.
After the teenager was expelled from Rogers he attended the district’s Eagle Peak School for students with behavioral problems, according to Morrison.
Morrison said the school has short-term programs that offer special training and counseling for students. “It’s my understanding he was doing quite well at Eagle Peak,” he said.
The teen began attending Shadle on Feb. 1, Morrison said. Court documents say the incidents with the girls occurred on Feb. 17 and 18. A parent of one of the girls called police on Feb. 22 after she learned what had happened.
Police have filed a search warrant to have Spokane Public Schools turn over the teen’s disciplinary records and have reopened the investigation into the incidents reported at Rogers High School.
The teen is facing potential felony charges of indecent liberties and unlawful imprisonment, and misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and fourth-degree assault with a sexual motivation.
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