Evanston high provides update on sex assault

Evanston Township High School officials late this morning issued a news release with a bit more information about a reported sexual assault at the school Monday.

The original report from police on the incident said that a school safety officer had found a 14-year-old boy engaged in a sex act in a school stairwell with a 15-year-old female student during school hours.

The school news release today says the incident "was not a random act." It adds that "prior to the incident, the two students involved were in the hallway together before they went to the stairwell."

The statement adds that "no weapons were involved, and at no time was there a threat to the safety of any other students or staff members."

The police on Tuesday reported 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 was charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, a class 1 felony, and was remanded to the custody of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.

The school news release today says school officials "will continue to cooperate fully" with the police department during its investigation "and will take any appropriate disciplinary action as warranted by district policies."

And it adds that "protecting the welfare of all students and providing a safe, secure learning environment" is the high school's first priority.

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