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Sex abuse allegations among Riverside 3rd-graders

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- Police and child welfare investigators were looking into allegations that a third-grade boy at a Southern California elementary school sexually assaulted another boy several times during two school years, officials said.

Students in an afterschool program at Adams Elementary school in Riverside told a staffer this week that “they wanted to report something they knew,” Riverside Unified School District spokeswoman Jacquie Paul said Wednesday.

The school's principal talked to the students and to both boys, leading allegations of five to seven incidents of sexual abuse that began in second grade and continued into third grade, Paul said.

“One of the young boys apparently was coercing another young boy,” Paul told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1eTS7Rw).

The boys' names were withheld and no further details were released about their identities or the alleged incidents because of their age, Paul said.

The boy suspected of abuse has been suspended and could face expulsion, Paul said.

The school district notified parents in a letter Wednesday and will hold a meeting for them Thursday night to answer questions.

Lt. Val Graham of the Riverside Police Department said an investigation has been launched but gave no further details.

The county's Child Protective Services has also begun an investigation, the school district said.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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