Police: 14-year-old Gates Chili student charged with rape
GATES, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC has some disturbing news to share with you that involves the arrest of a 14-year old male student at Gates Chili High School. The unidentified teen is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting another student at the high school almost two weeks ago.
Gates Police identify the victim only as a 15-year old female, and their suspect is being charged as an "Adult."
Police tell us the alleged assault happened inside the high school around 3 p.m. on Sept. 17. Police also say they first learned about the incident the following day.
According to court documents, the suspect is alleged to have pulled the victim into the boys bathroom, and forced the victim into sexual acts, despite her telling him "no".
The 14-year old was arrested Monday and was also arraigned that afternoon.
He’s been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act. News10NBC talked to Deb Rosen, Executive Director of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center. Rosen tells us it’s very important for parents to talk to their children about personal safety no matter how old they are.
"While this is a very, very difficult thing to talk about with children it’s very important that parents do because unfortunately there are some children and young people who are not safe with other children," Rosen said.
Gates-Chili Central School District released this statement saying:
"The district was recently made aware of a serious allegation against a high school student. The incident in question is alleged to have happened at the high school. The safety and well-being of students is the district’s top priority, and after learning about the allegation, the district immediately began working with the Gates Police Department. In addition, the district is conducting its own investigation, but due to federal privacy laws, this is all the information that we can provide."
Police say the 14-year-old was released to his parents. He’s not allowed back on school property, and an order of protection was issued to the victim.