Cranbrook School student charged with sexually assaulting girl at party

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13 Feb 2019

A 15-year-old private schoolboy has been charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a teenage girl at a party in Sydney’s eastern suburbs this month.
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Detectives charged the former Cranbrook School student on Tuesday, following the alleged assault at the party in Bellevue Hill on March 4.

Police will allege in court that the 15-year-old girl, who also attends a Sydney private school, was unconscious when the boy sexually assaulted her.

The boy’s friend, also aged 15, allegedly filmed the assault on a mobile phone.

The mobile phone footage was then allegedly shared with scores of teenagers in a private Facebook messenger group.

It is understood the girl did not know she had been assaulted until she saw the footage online.

The boy charged with assaulting the girl, and who cannot be named for legal reasons, started studying at Cranbrook School at the end of January, and no longer attends the school.

Teachers at the school reportedly raised the alarm when they became aware of the allegations.

In an email sent to parents on Tuesday afternoon, Cranbrook headmaster Nicholas Sampson said the school would offer support to students who needed it.

“You may be aware of a serious incident that is currently before the courts and has received media attention. This incident did not occur on school grounds,” Mr Sampson wrote.

“As I am sure you will understand, we are not able to disclose further details at this stage, both because this is a police matter concerning a student under the age of 18 and because of our pastoral responsibilities for all our students.

“Should you feel your son requires support, please make contact with the school. We will continue, as always, to support our staff and students. This remains at the heart of what we do.

“As you know we, as a school, always place the highest priority upon the wellbeing of our students and students in other schools.”

The 15-year-old boy who allegedly filmed the assault, and who attends Rose Bay Secondary College, has been charged with filming a person in a private act without consent, producing child abuse material, and disseminating child abuse material.

The boy, who can also not be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared in Bidura Children’s Court in Glebe on Monday.

The boy charged with assaulting the girl was granted police bail and is due to face a children’s court on April 4.

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