Police reports reveal new information regarding alleged Colon sex abuse


COLON, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We're learning new information tonight about a 15-year-old boy accused of sexually abusing up to seven young girls on a school bus in Colon earlier this year.

Newschannel 3 has reviewed police reports summarizing an interview with the teen about his behavior.

Those reports were given to Newschannel 3 by parents who say their daughters were abused.

During an interview with a social worker, the 15-year-old says he tickled the young girls, and says he accidentally touched their private areas.

Parents in Colon remain shocked over allegations of sexual abuse involving minors on a school bus.

Saint Joseph County court records show a 15-year-old boy has been charged with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly touching 6-year-old girls.

Newschannel 3 obtained police reports detailing an interview between the 15-year-old and a social worker back in late April.

The boy is questioned about inappropriate touching, and he describes the behavior as quote "playing around on the bus; they tickle each other and his hand slipped down and touched her private parts."

"I was disgusted reading it. It was just total, it was disgusting," said the mother of one of the girls, who requested anonymity.

She says this incident will have a long term impact on her 6-year-old daughter.

Police believe there could be up to seven other victims.

"We have no idea if he did more to these children or not. I have a child now that I have to put in therapy because of this," the mother said.

According to police reports, these incidents are not visible in surveillance video from the bus.

The 15-year-old denies placing his hand under any of the victim's clothing.

The interim superintendent told Newschannel 3 that the school was aware of this situation on the bus. The boy was not suspended until a separate incident occurred at school roughly a month later.

So far, school officials have refused to do an on-camera interview about this case.

The superintendent posted on Facebook, claiming steps have been taken to prevent this situation from happening on a bus again. Those steps include assigned seating and better video surveillance.

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