Third-Grade Student Accused of Sexually Assaulting Classmate

Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2014

Authorities Wednesday were investigating allegations that a third-grade boy at a Riverside elementary school sexually assaulted another boy repeatedly since last year.

The alleged abuse took place five to seven times and began when the Adams Elementary School students were in second grade, said Jacquie Paul, spokeswoman for the Riverside Unified School District.

“One of the young boys apparently was coercing another young boy to perform sexual acts,” she said.


Riverside police were notified Monday by the school district and have launched an investigation, Lt. Val Graham said.


Officials at the school found out about the abuse Monday evening when students at an after-school program told a staff member that “they wanted to report something they knew,” Paul said.


Paul said the student suspected of the abuse has been suspended from the school and could be expelled.

[Editor’s Note: According to this site, Adams Elementary is 69 percent Hispanic, 20 percent white, and 5 percent black.]


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