“It’s disturbing,” Moore police investigate juvenile sexual assault allegations

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MOORE, Okla. - The Moore Police Department is investigating two cases of sexual assault at local middle and high schools.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said the incidents are similar to what allegedly happened at Norman North High School last month.

The first incident occurred during school hours at Central Junior High School on Jan. 14., involving two juvenile boys.

The second occurred in the wrestling room of Southmoore High School on Jan. 19, also involving two juvenile boys.

"It's disturbing, the nature of the incidents at all three schools," Lewis said. "I think, some of it is kids don't realize what they're doing, and some of it is just criminal in nature."

Detectives are still investigating.

Once the investigation is complete, the district attorney will decide if criminal charges are filed.

Moore Superintendent Robert Romines was not immediately available for comment.

A statement from the district is as follows:

"Student safety at Moore Public Schools is one of the highest priorities of our district. Without getting into specific details, the coaches with the Southmoore wrestling team did an incredible job ensuring student safety when they were notified of an incident that occurred in the wrestling room at Southmoore High School on the evening of January 19, 2016. As soon as the coaches received information that the incident occurred, they immediately relayed the details to school administrators who in turn immediately contacted the police and the parents of the students involved.

The staff and administration at Central Jr. High did an incredible job as well, moving forward once they were notified of an incident that occurred on their campus on January 14, 2016. The student's parents and police were contacted once the information was received and the students involved were disciplined in line with Moore Public Schools policy. Moore Public Schools will continue to work with the Moore Police Department as they investigate the incidents. We are proud of the staff and students who came forward without delay to report what was observed. Their actions are what make Moore Public Schools the great district that it is."

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