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Glendale High student fondled girls, say police

15-year-old is accused by students and women off campus of groping them.

November 04, 2011|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

A 15-year-old former Glendale High School student has been arrested in connection with groping three students and two women near the campus, police said this week.

The boy, whose name wasn’t released because he’s a minor, was expelled from the high school following the sexual battery reports, but he is being home-schooled, said Steven Frasher, spokesman for Glendale Unified School District.

The boy touched three girls at the high school and two women in separate incidents that occurred in neighborhoods near the campus, Glendale Police Sgt. Harout Bouzikian said.

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The incidents are a concern, Bouzikian said, because they “can manifest to something more serious in the future.”

Detectives arrested the boy on Oct. 7, the same day the girls reported the alleged sexual batteries to school authorities. He was expelled Oct. 10, said Frasher, who declined to elaborate on the district’s response.

As detectives began looking into the allegations, they noticed another two similar sexual offenses had occurred within a couple of months of the latest incidents in the area of Adams Street and Chevy Chase Drive, Bouzikian said.

In all incidents, the girls and women reported that either their breasts, buttocks or crotches were groped, he added.

The boy was identified by the women in a photo lineup as the attacker, Bouzikian said.

Detectives have presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Juvenile Division, and are also asking that the boy be required to register as a sex offender, Bouzikian said, adding that he hoped the boy would get counseling.

“We could have a real problem with him on our hands,” he added.

Police believe the boy may have groped more women who did not report the incidents.

Any additional victims may call Det. Steve Corrigan at (818) 548-3106.

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