Police: 12-year-old Tucson boy arrested for sexual abuse

Posted at 4:16 PM, Mar 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-25 01:11:10-04

Police say a 12-year-old boy is charged with sexual abuse stemming from an inappropriate incident with a classmate.

The boy was arrested Monday and charged with one count of sexual abuse, police said.

The boy is accused of making inappropriate sexual contact with a girl at Roberts-Naylor K-8 School on March 1, officials said. A teacher reported the incident to Vice Principal Bernadette Rosthenhausler, 45, and 60-year-old Linda Archuleta, who is a counselor at the school.

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A parent reached out to Tucson police after discovering that the incident hadn't been reported to authorities, police said. 

Rosthenhausler and Archuleta are charged with failure to report a reportable incident. 

Tucson Unified School District released the following statement:

Tucson Unified School District continues its own investigation into recent allegations involving mandatory reporting of an incident between students at Roberts-Naylor K-8 School, while also fully cooperating with the Tucson Police investigation. Student safety is of the utmost importance and Tucson Unified School District is taking this matter seriously. Given the privacy rights of the students and staff involved we cannot comment further at this time.