Police: Boy Sexually Assaulted While Walking to School

By David Chang
|  Monday, Sep 16, 2013  |  Updated 5:33 PM EDT
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A 10-year-old boy was sexually assaulted behind an abandoned house on his way to school this morning in Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood. The boy told police the attacker was a teen.

NBC10.com - Deanna Durante

A 10-year-old boy was sexually assaulted behind an abandoned house on his way to school this morning in Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood. The boy told police the attacker was a teen.

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Philadelphia Police are investigating the reported sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy in the Mantua section of the city.

The boy is a student at Morton McMichael Elementary School on the 3500 block of Fairmount Avenue.

The boy told his teachers he was on his way to school around 8:15 a.m. on Monday when an unidentified suspect grabbed him and sexually assaulted him on 39th and Brown Streets before fleeing the scene.

The boy told police his attacker appeared to be a boy between the ages of 12 and 13. Police also say they don't believe the boy knew the suspect.

Law enforcement sources close to the investigation say the suspect was wearing red and blue clothing that appeared to be a school uniform. Investigators are unsure however whether the suspect also attended Morton McMichael or another school in the area.

Officials at Morton McMichael sent letters to parents of students at the school, alerting them of the reported assault.

Police continue to investigate. No arrests have been made.

Stay with NBC10.com for more details on this developing story.
 

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