One of the most shocking stories of the week has come out of Port Townsend, Washington, today, when a teenage boy was caught raping a 7-year-old girl while they rode together on the same school bus.
According to Fox News, the boy is only 13-years-old but has been charged with first-degree rape for the horrific school bus attack. Court documents claim that the 13-year-old boy shared a school bus with the young girl everyday starting in September of 2014, and ending in February of this year. Both of them were students of Chimacum Middle School.
According to the Peninsula Daily News, the school bus rape occurred on more than one occasion, and included a litany of non-consensual sexual acts, including sexual intercourse. The 13-year-old boy was finally caught after the victim informed her aunt of the repeated assault. Her aunt, who is her legal guardian, took her to a physician, who was required by law to report the school bus rape to the authorities. The case was sent to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Since the incident, the aunt has taken the girl off the school bus and now drives her to school herself.
The boy, whose identity has not been revealed due to his status as a minor, is scheduled to appear in juvenile court on July 15 at the Jefferson County Courthouse. If he is found guilty of the school bus rape, he could face up to two years in a juvenile detention facility. However, the judge can decide to reduce the sentence of a minor or sentence him to alternative rehabilitation methods such as therapy.
The prosecuting attorney for the school bus rape case will be Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Julian Trejo. So far, no attorney has been appointed to the boy, but Prosecuting Attorney Michael Haas explained the importance of the boy being properly defended and represented, despite the heinous nature of his crime.
“It’s important that he has an attorney to protect his rights,” Haas said. “In the prosecution we also need to consider the rights of others, any other kids who could be subject to future violations by this person.”
According to the Huffington Post, the 13-year-old boy was immediately expelled after the school administration heard about the school bus rape. The teen was released to his family pending the trial.
The brand new superintendent for Chimacum Middle School, Rick Thompson, provided no comment on the school bus rape incident.
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