COEYMANS, N.Y. - Coeymans police have charged a 16-year-old Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School student with sexually assaulting another student in an elevator at the school on Tuesday afternoon.
Police say Charles Johnson, 16, is accused of holding a 17-year-old female student holding her against her will in an elevator at the high school and forcing her to perform a sexual act. The victim supposedly entered the elevator voluntarily, not suspecting Johnson would shut down the elevator and expose himself.
"The witness was there when the elevator doors opened. The victim explained what happened and he brought her to the office," Town of Coeymans Police Chief Gregory Darlington said.
According to police, the incident occurred after regular school hours, but while students were still in the building for extracurricular activities. Police were called to the school immediately after High School Principal Brian Bailey learned of the incident.
Police interviewed the victim and a witness and have charged Johnson with Attempted Criminal Sexual Act 1st-degree, a felony, Sexual Misconduct, Unlawful Imprisonment, Public Lewdness and Harassment 2nd-degree.
The victim was not physically harmed in the incident. Police and school officials say they are continuing their investigation.
Superintendent Elisabeth Smith said that students don't normally use the elevator unless they have a disability. She also says the school district is investigating why hall monitors in the building didn't spot the two students entering the elevator.
Johnson was arraigned and sent to Albany County Jail without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Ravena Village Court on Friday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.
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