WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – An attorney says a 15-year-old Texas boy was sexually assaulted this week by two other students at a Kansas military school.
The family’s attorney, Dan Zmijewski, said Friday the assault at St. John’s Military School allegedly occurred Tuesday night in a dormitory room. The boy was taken to the hospital the following day for an examination.
He says police arrested two boys and referred the case to the Saline County District Attorney’s Office for possible aggravated sodomy charges. A first court appearance is planned for Monday.
St. John’s President William Clark released the following statement:
Earlier this week, a deeply troubling incident took place on the St. John’s campus and school staff notified local authorities. Two students were taken into police custody and have been dismissed from the school. This type of behavior is not tolerated at our school and is at direct odds with our mission to provide each cadet with the opportunity to grow spiritually, morally, intellectually, and physically.
Every child deserves to be believed.
The welfare of each cadet is of first importance to all staff members; we work tirelessly to harbor a safe and secure environment. We do not take accusations of misconduct lightly at St. John’s. The school will continue to work diligently to provide the proper oversight and supervision of our cadets.
Our staff and local authorities will continue to collaborate throughout the course of this investigation.
Due to the ongoing investigation, school officials have no further comment at this time.
The prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a message.
The Episcopalian boarding school also faces a pending lawsuit from a Tennessee father over the 2014 sexual assault of his son.