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Ossining Middle Schoolers Accused in Sex Assault

OSSINING, N.Y. - Two eighth-graders from Anne M. Dorner Middle School have been arrested and charged with juvenile delinquency after one of the students allegedly attempted to force a boy to perform oral sex in the school bathroom while the other student blocked the door, police said.

The incident allegedly took place at around 8:25 a.m. April 26 in a boys' bathroom on the third floor of the school, said Kieran O'Leary, a spokesman for the county police department. The victim, whose name and age are being withheld by police, allegedly was approached by two 13-year-old boys in the bathroom stall.

"One of the them shoved the boy into a bathroom stall and demanded that the victim perform a sex act," O'Leary said.

The alleged assault was prevented when an administrator walking down the hall  heard the victim's cries and intervened, police said.

“He became aware after hearing some raised voices coming from the bathroom,” O’Leary said. “The victim was not complying with the two boys.”

Administrators then notified a Westchester County Police officer assigned to the school and arrested the two students on charges of juvenile delinquency. The two boys were issued an appearance ticket to appear in Westchester County Family Court and released to their parents, O’Leary said.

“Generally, when you’re talking about juveniles facing any kind of jail time, there are certain categories of crime and with the most serious ones you could be charged as an adult,” he said. “That’s not what happened in this particular case.”

Had the boys been 16 or older, the charges would have been the equivalent of third-degree attempted sexual abuse and imprisonment, both misdemeanors, for one of them, and misdemeanor imprisonment for the other, O'Leary said.

Phyllis Glassman, superintendent for the Ossining School District, released a letter to the public Friday.

“Recently, we were quite fortunate that the excellent supervision provided daily at our Anne M. Dorner Middle School enabled an attentive and conscientious staff member to prevent what could have evolved into serious inappropriate student behavior,” Glassman said. “Our administrators, teachers and staff members always demonstrate a watchful eye to protect our children.”

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