No charges to be filed in alleged Franklin HS sexual assault

Alleged sex assault at Franklin High School

FRANKLIN, Va. (WVEC) -- The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office will not pursue charges against students involved an alleged sexual assault that took place at Franklin High School, authorities say.

On Oct. 12, a staff member at the school notified the principal of the alleged sexual misconduct that took place on the school's campus Oct. 11. The principal then notified police, according to Captain Timothy Whitt with Franklin Police.

Police notified the parents of the victim, a 15-year-old girl, and called them in for an interview. During the investigation, the girl claimed she was sexually assaulted by several male students in a bathroom.

School officials tell 13News Now the five boys involved in the incident have been suspended. 

13News Now has also learned the girl and at least one of the boys accused are special needs students. Two of the students are also football players.

After police completed their investigation, the matter was turned over to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for review.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 21, authorities reported no charges would be filed in the incident.

Currently, all students -- including the alleged victim -- are suspended from school as disciplinary hearings are in progress for each student.

There will also be a separate "manifestation determination hearing" for the girl and the other special needs student.  That hearing determines whether the incident was a result of their disability.


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