Student charged in high school incident

A 17-year-old boy is facing a sex-crime charge for an after-school incident at Oak Harbor High School Feb. 21, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged the boy in Island County Juvenile Court March 1 with indecent liberties by forcible compulsion.

The girl reported to police that she was looking for a friend at school at about 3 p.m. when she met the boy, who she know from a class. The boy offered to help her but then asked her for a hug, which she refused.

He continued to follow her and grabbed her from behind, picked her up, pulled her onto a bench and asked for a kiss, which she refused, according to the police report. He wouldn’t let her go until someone walked by.

The boy, who is not being identified because he is a minor, allgedly continued to follow the girl as she tried to get away, continually asking for a kiss, blocking her way and touching her inappropriately, the report states.

At one point, he pushed her against a wall, put his hand on her throat and touched her inappropriately, the report states.

The girl told investigators she repeatedly told the boy “no” and struggled to get away from him.

The girl said she tried to get to her car in the parking lot, but he blocked her way, the report states.

She finally got away after some friends showed up, according to the report.

During an interview with police, the boy “denied doing anything wrong until he was told about video of the incident,” according to court documents.

He told the officer that he thought he was doing what the girl wanted and that she was sending him messages, but he was unable to provide any examples, the report states.

Conor Laffey, communications officer with Oak Harbor Public Schools, wrote in an email that the district has a cooperative working relationship with police and “readily assists with any criminal investigations involving students at the school.”

He wrote that the school will take necessary disciplinary action to address the alleged behavior and put measures in place to protect the victim if the allegations are proven to be true.

“Providing a safe and secure learning environment for all our students is our top priority,” Laffey wrote.

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