Wednesday, March 19, 2008

15-year-old charged for pulling girl's pants down as prank

A 15-year-old James City County boy is facing a sexual battery charge for pulling down the pants of a 14-year-old girl over the weekend, James City Police spokesman Mike Spearman said.

Spearman said the boy approached the girl from behind while she was talking with a friend and pulled down her pants in front of a group of people. He then fled the scene, but was later turned in after police contacted his mother.

Police took the teenager into custody Saturday evening and he was detained at the Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center. While it might seem like a harsh reaction to a childish prank, "Any unlawful touching is an assault," Spearman said.

Sexual battery is a Class 1 misdemeanor — punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for adults. However, the 15-year-old's case will be handled in the juvenile justice system. » Article here

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