Police confirmed Thursday the first official report of an alleged sexual assault of an 11-year-old boy was not filed until Wednesday, more than five months after the reported incident.
The victim’s mother told police the boy was in the Brookstone School locker room when someone tried to sexually assault him around 5 p.m. Feb. 9. No suspect has been named in what police described as criminal attempt aggravated sodomy.
Police Maj. Gil Slouchick of the Investigative Services Bureau said detectives just received the report and the case has been assigned.
“Officers are starting their investigation into the allegations,” he said. “We haven’t even had an opportunity to talk to the victim yet. At this point in time, we are in the early stages of the investigation and hopefully we will move forward rapidly in the next week or so.”
The boy was a member of the middle school baseball team when the incident occurred.
Frank Brown, interim headmaster at the private school at 440 Bradley Park Drive, did not return phone calls the Ledger-Enquirer made to his office Thursday, but he did address the matter in an email to the newspaper.
“Brookstone School reported an incident to authorities back on Feb. 10 related to alleged student misconduct in the locker room,” Brown said in the email. “Brookstone will cooperate with any investigation of the matter.”
The Ledger-Enquirer questioned Brown about who he was referring to when he wrote “authorities,” but he has yet to reply.
Under Georgia law, school teachers, coaches, principals and others at public or private schools are mandated to report possible child abuse no later than 24 hours after there is reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused.
Slouchick said police only have a basic report but don’t have the whole facts of the case.
“School teachers and principals are required reporters to report stuff,” he said. “We will have to look into why it wasn’t or who did they report it to. They may have complied.” Police haven’t been told to what authorities the allegation was reported.
“I can’t speak for them,” Slouchick said. “I know this is the first official complaint we have received. This is the first time the parent or anyone has reported it to police.”
The law requires the head of the facility to report the allegation to a child welfare agency designated by the Department of Human Services, appropriate police authority or the district attorney’s office if the child welfare agency isn’t available.
Slouchick noted that police have no control over the reporting of possible child abuse.
“We have to investigate them when we get them,” he said.