Carmel releases more info on Jan. 8th incident


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Hamilton County - The City of Carmel has released a less-censored version of the police report surrounding the investigation of an alleged assault in a high school locker room. The document was released Monday afternoon.

Our 13 Investigates team has been trying to get more information police initially blacked out in earlier reports. The latest, less-censored version of the police report regarding a locker room assault comes after numerous challenges by 13 Investigates to the City of Carmel. Our latest inquiry was Monday morning.

Sgt. Phillip Hobson writes that he arranged a meeting with school administration to inform them of additional incidents that may have occurred after the 17-year-old victim reported "on-going" issues in the locker room

According to the report, there was an altercation in the locker room and the victim stated that he was held down by as many as two people and an unnamed person pulled down his shorts. A mother of a student was contacted, as well as Child Protective Services.

Weeks ago, Carmel Police listed this case as an Adult Sex Crime and Attempted Sexual Assault with possible charges of Criminal Deviate Conduct, Sexual Battery with the use or threat or force and Criminal Confinement.

The incident happened at 1:30 in the afternoon during the school day.

To date, no charges have been filed. But four basketball players have been dismissed from the team, three in connection with allegations of assault on a team bus January 22nd. School officials have not said why the fourth player was suspended.

13 Investigates will continue to press for more answers and will bring you developments as we get them.

Nurses get specialized training

The allegations of student assaults at Carmel High School are prompting more training for a group of specialized nurses.

On most days, these highly-trained nurses are in hospital exam rooms, attending to victims of horrendous crimes like rape and sexual assault. But Monday, their training expanded to include sexual aggression involving children and teens.

"If you don't know about it as trauma, as a type of abuse, you're not going to know how to assess it," said Karen Duncan.

Sexual assault examiners are often the first to detect physical signs of abuse and now they're learning about sexual bullying and what signs to look for. The training comes in the wake of alleged assaults in Carmel - a reported sexual battery in a locker room and allegations of criminal deviant conduct against two freshmen at the hands of three senior basketball players on the back of a team bus January 22.

School officials say they were in the dark until a parent reported rumors. It wasn't until one of the boys sought medical treatment that a medical staff person reported it to CPS, forcing Carmel police to open a criminal investigation.

"That hospital staff person needs to be commended for reporting," said Duncan. "There are so many cases that aren't reported, children don't want to tell."

Duncan is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the study of childhood abuse. She says 52 percent of children try to cope with sexual bullying on their own. She likens the Carmel bus case to "status bullying."

"The status seeker is most often an athlete or another student in the school that's been given special status," she said. "They can do what they want, when they want, to whom they want. Anytime they want and there will be no consequences."

Duncan says Carmel should question other students about the alleged assaults, because the level of abuse reported isn't a one time event, but a progression of violence. She also wants to see the state require schools to have more than an anti-hazing or bullying policy, but an effective program.

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Carmel assault - See documents and stories related to two incidents under investigation at Carmel High School