EARLY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — A 10-year-old student from Early, Texas was arrested for sexually assaulting another child on a school bus last month, police said.
On Feb. 6, police received a report from the victim’s mother claiming that a sexual assault happened on an Early ISD school bus.READ MORE: 19-Year-Old Tello Hernandez Faces Intoxication Manslaughter Charge Following Fatal Crash
During an investigation, the victim was examined by a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse in the Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene. Evidence was collected from the child and submitted to the DPS lab.
The suspect was later interviewed and DNA evidence was also collected to be sent to the lab, police said.READ MORE: Homeowner Terry Duane Turner Charged In Slaying Of Motorist Adil Dghoughi In His Driveway
Officials said the alleged assault happened on a school bus in the parking lot when the bus driver “stepped off the bus to assist another child to get on.” No charges are pending against the bus driver.
A directive to apprehend was issued through the juvenile probation officer and the suspect was arrested on Feb. 13.MORE NEWS: Dallas Neighborhood Crime Spike Has Many Questioning, 'Is Uptown Going Downhill?'
The school district sent parents the following statement:
This memo is to notify our parents and guardians that there was an isolated incident on an Early ISD school bus after school on February 6, 2020. As this is an issue concerning student discipline and student information, I am not allowed, by law, to give comment on the incident specifically. I can reassure your that the issue was handled by the Administration of Early ISD according to, and in compliance with, Texas law and the Student Code of Contact. Steps have been taken to assure we have no more incidents like this on our busses. Please rest assured that our students’ safety and well-being are Early ISD’s top priority.
The case is still pending lab results and prosecution.