KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - An East Kentwood High School student has been charged in a sexual assault case involving a track teammate.
Jaylen Young was arrested at 8 a.m. Monday and arraigned the next day, Kentwood Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Palczewski said during a news conference Wednesday.
Jaylen faces two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The 17-year-old's bond was set at $75,000 and he remains in the Kent County Correctional Facility. He is expected back in court later this month.
The alleged incident occurred sometime around 4 p.m. March 26 after track practice, the female victim's grandmother told school officials.
Jaylen "led a female student, that he was an acquaintance with, into a secluded room of the school. While in the room he forced a criminal sexual act upon her," according to a news release from the Kent County Sheriff's Department.
The grandmother filed a report with police, Palczewski said, and the Sheriff's Department began investigating March 30. The grandmother then informed the school of the incident.
According to court documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8, Young admitted to police that he digitally penetrated the alleged victim in a secluded part of the school and that she did not want it to happen.
'They have access to the building and whether that's to drop off equipment, change their clothes and so on, so it isn't unusual to East Kentwood High School," Palczewski said. "An incident of this nature is unusual."
Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess said Young was in juvenile court in 2011 for inappropriate touching of the same alleged victim. That incident, 24 Hour News 8 was told, also occurred at the high school.
A staff meeting was held Tuesday with staff at the East Kentwood Freshman Campus and 10-12 Building to inform them of the most recent incident.
Officials have met with the victim's coach and have also involved her counselor.
"We've been in close contact with both families and this morning, we spoke with the grandmother and we wanted to make sure the needs of that young lady are being taken care of," said Palczewski.
District officials say they haven't yet talked to Young about the incident and depending on what happens criminally, Young will be dealt with by the district's discipline code.
"This is something that we take very seriously, as I said earlier. As a superintendent, the father of two daughters, this is just distresses me greatly," said Palczewski.
The superintendent said the incident is definitely going to make them review their safety procedures, especially at times of the day like later afternoon when there are fewer security guards around.
Anyone with more information about this case is asked to call police at 616.632.6125 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
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