15-year-old charged with four sex crimes related to bathroom assault at Shawnee Mission East

OLATHE, Kan. -- The Johnson County District Attorney's Office announced charges on Wednesday against a 15-year-old related to a sexual assault that occurred inside a bathroom at Shawnee Mission East High School on September 14.

The teenage boy faces three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a minor and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior according to District Attorney Steve Howe. A news release does not name the suspect, and the DA's office says the case is being handled through the juvenile division.

FOX 4 first learned of the assault on September 20 when Prairie Village police said they were investigating the 14-year-old victim's claims. The assault began as horseplay, but then one boy held a bathroom door closed while another boy sexually assaulted the girl.

“While inside, while one boy was outside holding the door shut, there was a sexual battery, some inappropriate and unwanted touching inside,” John Douglass, the Shawnee Mission School District’s executive director of emergency services, previously told FOX 4.

Charges won't be filed against the boy who held the door shut.

In the aftermath, many students wore black in support of the victim, and parents had questions as to why news of the assault investigation hadn't been released for almost a week.

The district said it couldn't provide details about the students involved, and was taking appropriate to discipline the students.

“In this case, only three people were affected, it presented no other challenge or any opportunity for a problem to any other person, and as a result of all the privacy interests, there was nothing we could say, so it did not seem judicious to send out a blast notice that says something happened, but we cannot tell you what it is,” Douglass said.

Court dates for the suspect haven't been announced yet.

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