Thomas Dale High School student charged with sexually assaulting a student is due in court next month | Richmond Local News

A 15-year-old Thomas Dale High School student is due in juvenile court on April 7 after being charged this week with the rape and kidnapping of a classmate, who police say was assaulted after being taken to the school toilets.

The student, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, was charged on Monday following a two-week investigation into the February 25 assault.

Police said they received a report the same day of the attack that a student had been sexually assaulted by a young man.

A detention order was issued against the suspect on Monday, the same day he was charged, and he is being held in juvenile detention.

The alleged victim’s mother contacted WTVR-Channel 6 earlier this week and described what happened to her daughter in an on-camera interview that aired on Tuesday.

“The School Division has been in constant contact with Chesterfield Police throughout their investigation,” Chesterfield Public Schools spokesman Shawn Smith said. “These are very serious charges, and the school division takes its responsibility to provide a safe and supportive learning environment very seriously.”

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Thomas Dale’s principal, Anthony McLaurin, emailed parents and school staff on Tuesday, the day after the teenager was charged.

The post said police had informed school officials that a student of Thomas Dale had been charged with a criminal offense “related to an offense allegedly committed on campus several weeks ago.”

No further details were provided to the parents, “due to an ongoing police investigation involving minors,” the message said.

“However, please know how seriously we take your expectation to provide a high-quality learning experience in a safe school,” McLaurin said in the post.

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