17-year-old accused of sexual assault at Torrington High School

Torrington High School (file).

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A 17-year-old student is now facing multiple charges after police investigated a report of a sexual assault at Torrington High School back in December of 2016.

According to Torrington police, a criminal investigation was launched after a female student reported a sexual assault incident at Torrington High School on December 6th. The incident took place after school hours, but within the school building.

Officers say the two people knew each other, but would not provide further details on the incident. Both parties will not be identified, as they are both minors.

The male student was arrested on April 18th. He is charged with sexual assault, criminal attempt to commit sexual assault, and risk of injury to a minor.

Denise Clemons, Superintendent of Torrington Public Schools, issued the following statement to parents about the investigation.

The Torrington Public Schools recently learned of an alleged on campus assault of one of our students. As a school district, we do not and will not tolerate this type of conduct or any other inappropriate conduct toward any of our students. We will hold accountable any students who engage in such behavior.

In the rare situations when we receive allegations of such conduct, we investigate the claim immediately, properly and thoroughly so that the rights of all students involved are fully respected. In addition, where appropriate, we report such allegations to the police and to the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

In conducting such investigations and taking appropriate actions, we act to protect the well-being of all of our students. We educate students about appropriate and respectful behaviors and we take all appropriate steps, including student discipline, to prevent any recurrence of inappropriate conduct.

After an investigation, when we find that any students have in fact been treated inappropriately in any way, we take appropriate action to keep students safe and to hold the responsible students accountable. Given Federal laws requiring that we maintain confidentiality of student matters, we will not and cannot comment on discipline of any individual student. However, we can provide the following information to the public concerning this matter without identifying individual students.

Here, as soon as we heard of these allegations, we conducted an investigation. In addition, given the serious nature of these allegations, we cooperated fully with the police investigation and contacted DCF.

In closing, we wish to assure all members of the Torrington school community that the safety of our children is the District’s foremost concern and there are many policies and procedures in place to ensure the well-being of all our children.”

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