Posted on March 8, 2012 at 6:54 PM
Thursday, Mar 8 at 11:33 PM
MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- Marysville Police are investigating six middle school boys after an alleged sexually motivated assault of a 13-year-old girl on a school bus.
A letter went out to the parents of Marysville Middle School students Thursday notifying them of the incident. The letter said the students involved face serious disciplinary action. The boys are between the ages of 11 and 15.
"We've done some interviews with the suspects but we haven't got them all done. We're tracking those folks down and they've been removed from the school," said Commander Robb Lamoureux with the Marysville Police Department.
Marysville School District Superintendent Larry Nyland said he could not go into specifics details of the ongoing investigation, but said the alleged incident occurred on a bus ride on March 1.
Sources say the girl's mother called the district the next day and the district immediately launched an investigation calling police to see if a crime had been committed.
Marysville detectives are analyzing video from a school bus camera that may have recorded the incident, but it appears the bus driver did not know anything suspicious was going on.
"Right now, we are looking at what we call assault four with sexual motivation, there was no rape," said Commander Lamoureux.
Police say the 13-year-old victim is upset and embarrassed.
Nyland said the boys remain suspended from school until the investigation is complete.