Boy charged with touching Lakeside Middle classmates

A Lakeside Middle School pupil accused last week of sexually assaulting classmates was charged Tuesday.

The 13-year-old boy was charged with sexual battery, according to Columbia Coun­ty sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The resource officer for the Martinez school called deputies Thursday morning after four 12-year-old girls complained that the boy made “uninvited contact with their intimate body parts,” according to a sheriff’s office report.

The girls said the boy slapped or poked at them with his hands.

The case has been turned over to the Columbia County Juvenile Court for further prosecution, Morris said.

County school Superin­tendent Charles Nagle said the boy is being sent to the school system’s hearing officer with a recommendation for long-term suspension.

Two of the girls involved also will face a disciplinary hearing because witnesses saw them touch the boy inappropriately, Nagle said.

Another Lakeside Middle boy is being sent to the tribunal in a separate case for similar acts, but on a second offense, Nagle said. No charges have been filed in that case.

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