Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Police look into alleged sexual assault of child at youth center

The Kinston Department of Public Safety is investigating claims that a 7-year-old girl was grabbed and sexually assaulted by an older male while she was in a female bathroom at the Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday afternoon.

Lenoir County Boys and Girls Club director Robert Rogers declined comment due to the police investigation.

Maj. Greg Thompson said the girl’s mother took her to the hospital later that night, spurring hospital officials to notify police. The child was taken to TEDI Bear Children’s Advocacy Center in Greenville, where she is undergoing physical and mental examinations to determine the validity of the claims.

“It’s a pretty long process,” Thompson said. “She was not physically injured, but when you’re dealing with a small child like that, local officials will not examine.

“They have to be sent to (Greenville).”

Police have no suspects in the case, but are looking for a thin black male between the ages of 13 and 20, according to information obtained from the girl.

Individuals with information regarding this case should call the KDPS at (252) 939-3220.

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