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Sex crime charges against Shawnee Mission East student involve 3 victims

The sexual assault charges filed against a Shawnee Mission East High School student involve two alleged victims as well as a previous indecent exposure incident.
The sexual assault charges filed against a Shawnee Mission East High School student involve two alleged victims as well as a previous indecent exposure incident.

The sexual assault charges filed against a Shawnee Mission East High School student involve two alleged victims as well as a previous indecent exposure incident.

Authorities had previously only described one incident involving the alleged perpetrator, a 15-year-old Leawood boy, and a reported assault in a boy’s bathroom on Sept. 14. But the complaint filed in the juvenile division of Johnson County District Court alleges that he assaulted a second victim on the same day. And one of the girls was reportedly victimized twice, the document says.

The complaint also says he exposed himself to a third girl on April 17, 2015.

It was unknown Monday if that 2015 incident was reported to police or where it occurred.

The complaint says the boy exposed himself to a girl who was younger than 16, which makes it a felony.

Prairie Village police and Shawnee Mission School District officials referred questions Monday to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Steve Howe said he cannot comment on the specific facts in the case.

Howe did say that information about the alleged 2015 incident had not previously been referred to his office.

“I cannot explain the reason why” the case wasn’t referred to the office, Howe said.

“Once we became aware of this other incident, we reviewed the case and based on that review added these additional charges,” the district attorney said in a written statement.

The Leawood boy is charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of lewd and lascivious behavior.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 27.

The alleged victims are identified only by their initials in court documents.

Two of the indecent liberties counts involve the same girl. The third involves a different girl.

Both were 14 or 15 years old, and the charges involve “lewd fondling or touching,” according to the complaint.

School district officials previously said that on Sept. 14, a freshman girl reported that she and two boys were joking around when she was taken into a boy’s bathroom.

While one boy held the door shut, the other groped and fondled her, she later reported to school officials, who contacted Prairie Village police.

Court documents don’t indicate where the incident occurred involving the other girl on Sept. 14.

An internal disciplinary investigation was also conducted, but school officials said privacy rules preclude them from commenting on disciplinary action.

Students at the school organized a protest to support the victim by wearing all black — a movement that spread to other schools throughout the metro area.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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