Monday, December 24, 2007

Apparently, 13 year olds can be charged as adults

A 13-year-old boarder at the Toronto-based National Ballet School of Canada faces numerous charges after being accused of sexually assaulting two young classmates.

A 13-year-old student faces 10 sex-related charges.A 13-year-old student faces 10 sex-related charges.

The boarder was freed on bail Saturday after he was charged with sexually assaulting two classmates, aged 11 and 12, the Toronto Star reported Sunday.

He faces 10 charges, including seven counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and one count of invitation to sexual touching, the newspaper reported, citing police and legal officials.

The teen — an American citizen who cannot be named because of his age — was released into the custody of his parents.

He was arrested Friday after a police investigation determined that students at the school alleged they had been assaulted between September 2006 and October 2007.

"This is a terrible situation and not representative of life at the National Ballet School," Jeff Melanson, the school's administrative director, told the Star.

The investigation started after the Catholic Children's Aid Society received an anonymous tip about the boy, the paper said.

Apparently, 13 year olds can be charged as adults. (Source: CBC News)

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