Six suspects sought in high school assault case

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

STRASBURG — Shenandoah County authorities have filed charges against six Strasburg High School students believed to be involved in an alleged sexual assault last month.

On Jan. 21, the county served petitions, the juvenile justice equivalent of indictments, to three 17-year-olds and three 16-year-olds suspected of attacking a 16-year-old SHS basketball player in mid-December.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the sheriff’s office said sheriff’s deputies and the county Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office sought the petitions from Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Woodstock.

Proctor said the teens have been charged with assault and battery by a mob, a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail or a $2,500 fine, or both.

Proctor said the alleged attack occurred on a county school bus used for athletic transportation. The sheriff’s office received word of the incident from the Strasburg Police Department on Jan. 12.

The school division and SHS indefinitely suspended the men’s varsity and JV basketball seasons on Jan. 14. Superintendent Jeremy Raley released a statement the same day saying the suspension is to protect students and “preserve the integrity of the fact-finding and review process.”

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office couldn’t be reached for comment.

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