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The police stopped investigating

Anonymous
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Long story short. There was more than one child who came forward and said that two boys were sexually assualting little kids at school. Apparently since the supposed abusers are under the age of 10 CPS takes over.

Multiple agencies are looking into a report that a 5-year-old girl was sexually assaulted recently by a child younger than 10 in a Cleburne school restroom, officials confirmed Wednesday.

School officials learned about the incident at Santa Fe Elementary School on Jan. 10, said Lisa Magers, a spokeswoman for the Cleburne school district.

Police and Child Protective Services were immediately notified, Magers said in a statement this week.

Detective Kelly Summey, a Cleburne police spokeswoman, said officers did an initial investigation but handed their findings over to CPS, which has become the lead agency on the case.

State law requires CPS to take charge of investigations of sexual assault cases involving suspects under 10.

“Everybody involved here is under the age of criminal responsibility which, in the state of Texas, is under 10,” Summey said. “So, the laws of Texas say it can’t be handled as a regular criminal matter.”

Shari Pulliam, a CPS spokeswoman, confirmed that the agency was investigating a Cleburne child sex assault case but said she could not discuss details.

She did describe how such investigations are conducted.

“We’d be wanting to look at what was going in [the suspect’s] home,” Pulliam said. “Where did they learn this behavior? Is this something they learned in their homes? And, if so, do they need protection?

“If any caretaker is at fault, that would need to be addressed.”

The investigation’s findings, Pulliam said, will be shared with law enforcement, school officials and the Texas Education Agency to take whatever actions they are authorized to conduct.

Magers said letters about the investigation were sent home Monday to parents of children at the school,1601 E. Henderson St.

“Santa Fe parents were told that the safety of their students was of the utmost importance,” Magers said.

The parents were urged to contact school officials if they had information “relating to the matter.”

“The district has also begun an investigation and is working with the police and CPS officials,” Magers said.

Pulliam said she did not have access Wednesday evening to statistics about Texas children under 10 accused of sexually assaulting peers. She said she believed such cases were rare, and that she had not encountered one.

“Some of the other public information officers said they haven’t seen it either, which is a good thing,” Pulliam said. “We don’t want such things going on in our schools.”

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Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 16, 2014 at 10:49 PM
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KrissyKC
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 10:54 PM
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That is reasonable. Its still being investigated, its just being handed over to cps instead of the cops. The kids are under 10 and under a diff category. These kids need help not locked up. However I'm sure there are protective measures put in place.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM


Quoting KrissyKC: That is reasonable. Its still being investigated, its just being handed over to cps instead of the cops. The kids are under 10 and under a diff category. These kids need help not locked up. However I'm sure there are protective measures put in place.

I wasn't thinking of them being locked up. I was thinking they need help. I just didnt know that until this happened. Very very close to home. I kept thinking of the two boys parents. What in the world is going on there. That is why I think the police need to stay involved. KWIM?

sheramom4
by Emerald Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

There is no reason for a police action. The appropriate agency is CPS. The police can investigate if CPS finds they need to report anything to be prosecuted by any of the adults involved. 

mismaggie
by Bronze Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM
CPS will investigate further and will definitely be checking out the parents. If they find anything at all criminal the police will get involved. This is very sad.
KrissyKC
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:07 PM
I'm sure if cps find anything or needs help they will have the police on their side. They just have better experience investigating these issues regarding young kids so they are going to manage the cases.

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Quoting KrissyKC: That is reasonable. Its still being investigated, its just being handed over to cps instead of the cops. The kids are under 10 and under a diff category. These kids need help not locked up. However I'm sure there are protective measures put in place.

I wasn't thinking of them being locked up. I was thinking they need help. I just didnt know that until this happened. Very very close to home. I kept thinking of the two boys parents. What in the world is going on there. That is why I think the police need to stay involved. KWIM?

FelineTopic
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:11 PM
Sounds about right....

Here in New Mexico, a child under the age of 13 can't be charged for a crime, but I imagine the state gets involved in some way with the family...
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