Officials: Rothschild Middle School student charged after exposing himself, grabbing classmate's buttocks

Police took a Rothschild Middle School student into custody Wednesday after the juvenile in a special education classroom committed sexual battery and public indecency, according to a Columbus Police report.

A 13-year-old girl, who was in the same classroom, was listed as the victim of the sexual battery, which reportedly took place at about 1:30 p.m. at the 1136 Hunt Avenue school. Georgia law defines sexual battery as when a person "intentionally makes physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person."

According to Valerie Fuller, the director of communications at the Muscogee County School District, both are seventh graders. The victim reported to authorities that the boy exposed himself to the girl and touched her buttocks, Fuller said. The girl told the teacher, who reported it to the administration.

School district policy states that if the student is found guilty of the alleged actions he "may be suspended for not more than 10 days and may be referred to the Student Discipline Tribunal and/or may be referred to the law enforcement agencies that have jurisdiction."

Here is Rule 16 under the district behavior code handbook:

Sexual Misconduct or Inappropriate Display of Affection

A student shall not:

(A) Indecently expose himself or herself, or engage in any inappropriate heterosexual or homosexual action;

(B) Molest or rape another person;

(C) Engage in any form of inappropriate bodily contact or display of affection;

(D) Participate in inappropriate activities such as mooning (pulling one’s own pants down) or ankling (pulling another student’s pants down); and/or

(E) Possess, pose for, and/or transmit pornographic materials (magazines, pictures, images within cellular phone, web sites, etc.).

Correction: The name of the school was originally misspelled.

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