Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Rape claim investigated at Woodward

By Robert Anglen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati police are investigating the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl during school hours at Woodward High School on Monday.

Police confirmed that an arrest was made Tuesday, just hours after school officials said they were notified of the alleged attack.

"It did not happen in a classroom," schools spokeswoman Janet Walsh said late Tuesday. "We are still trying to figure out what happened."

Details are sketchy, Walsh said. But police officers scoured the Bond Hill campus Tuesday around lunchtime talking to students about the alleged attack and looking for witnesses to an unrelated incident.

"We want to understand exactly what the circumstances were," Walsh said.

The girl is a student at Woodward, but it is unknown if her alleged attacker is a student. Walsh could not confirm or deny reports of more than one attacker.

Police did not release the suspect's name Tuesday.

Walsh said this is the first time that she can remember anything like this being reported at Woodward.

Walsh said the district and the principal have been trying to talk with school staff to get a better idea of what happened.

Depending on what they learned, Walsh said, counseling and training might be made available.

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