Police say teen sexually assaulted student for weeks at La Follette High School

A Madison teenager is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting another student over the course of several weeks, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 15-year-old girl told police she was repeatedly and forcefully groped at La Follette High School over the course of a couple of weeks in February by a 16-year-old student.

Police said the incidents took place in several areas of the school. Officers said the victim suffered pain and soreness following a couple of the incidents. She became fearful of attending classes and sometimes didn’t to avoid the assaults.

The 16-year-old boy is facing a tentative charge of repeated sexual assault of a child, police said.

Elizabeth Merfeld, a spokeswoman for the Madison Metropolitan School District, said the student first reported inappropriate touching to staff members on Feb. 26. Staff members developed a safety plan and reported the incident to police.

Merfeld said police assigned an officer to the case over two months, and this week, there became probable cause to arrest the teen.

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