Catholic Central student arraigned on sexual assault charges

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A third victim has come forward in the Grand Rapids Catholic Central sexual assault case, and the Kent County prosecutor is looking at issuing more charges against student suspect Cameron Cross.

Cross, 17, was arraigned Monday on assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of fourth-degree CSC. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. His bond was set at $50,000.

At least two 15-year-old girls allege Cross forced himself on them at the school. He was arrested in the school parking lot Friday.

When 24 Hour News 8 went to the home address listed for Cross, a woman claiming to be his mom talked to us through the door but didn’t want to comment.

One of the victims’ mothers says Cross is no longer living at home. Instead, he’s been staying with a family from Catholic Central.

Cross has a clean criminal record in Kent County. 24 Hour News 8 also reached out to his previous school and found some discipline, but nothing involving inappropriate interactions with female classmates.

Catholic Central declined an interview and would not comment on any past discipline at the school.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids told 24 Hour News 8 it contacted police and is cooperating with the investigation.

In a statement issued later, the Diocese said: “Catholic Central High School is evaluating our policies and procedures in light of these events, and will make changes determined to be in the best interests of our students and school community.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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