Evanston police say a 14-year-old Evanston Township High School student has been charged with criminal sexual assault in connection with an incident at the school.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the 14-year-old boy was found by a school safety officer engaging in a sex act in a school stairwell with a 15-year-old female student during school hours Monday.

Parrott says that based on an investigation by the police department’s juvenile bureau in cooperation with school staff, police concluded the male student had forced the female student to perform a sex act against her will.

The male student now has been charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, a class 1 felony, and has been remanded to the custody of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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