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Police investigating sexual battery allegation at Clinton Prairie High School

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13 Investigates has learned more about an investigation into potential criminal activity at Clinton Prairie High School in Clinton County.

Based on an Indiana State Police report, the probe is now being called an investigation into an allegation of "sexual battery" between students. The report is dated May 2nd, more than a week after 10am locker room incident on April 25th.

Sexual battery is described under Indiana Code as:

"Touching another person with intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of oneself or someone else, when the person being touched is

1) compelled to submit to the touching by force or the imminent threat of force; OR

2) So mentally disabled or deficient that consent to the touching cannot be given."

13 Investigates learned the official investigation began Monday at Clinton Prairie High School. It's not just for one locker room incident, but rather, school authorities are describing it as a pattern of bullying.

"There was not immediate supervision inside the locker room where the incidents occurred," said Supt. Chris Sampson.

The criminal probe comes after a teacher reported rumors of a freshman boy being held down by two seniors and assaulted in a locker room after gym class a week ago.

On Monday, school staff alerted the Child Protective Services and the Clinton County Sheriff's Dept. The Sheriff's Department asked State Police to take over to avoid possible conflicts of interest.

"The young man who was the target of the unwanted horseplay, so to speak, told us that nothing of a sexual nature happened. That he was not touched in any untoward situation. That he was poked in the ribs and that's all that happened and he was fully clothed throughout the entire ordeal," said Supt. Sampson.

The seniors were suspended based on that information, but the superintendent says the account did not mesh with what two student witnesses said happened. The freshman provided new details. Investigators learned it wasn't an isolated incident.

"Because it was something that happened up to three times since spring break. But it was enough of a change in his story that we felt we needed to investigate further," said Sampson.

Clinton Prairie now requires supervision inside the locker room and administrators are urging students to speak up for themselves and others.

"Come forward when they witness things of this sort as opposed to turning a blind eye and saying 'I'm glad it wasn't me,'" said the superintendent.

The school district released this statement Tuesday:

"On April 25th, a report of a bullying situation had been submitted to school administration. At that time school officials contacted the local authorities. The individuals involved in this incident have been suspended pending expulsion. The matter is currently being investigated by the Indiana State Police."

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