PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — A 13-year-old boy has been charged with three counts of first-degree rape after he allegedly attacked a 7-year-old girl on a Chimacum school bus, authorities say.
Court records say the boy and girl rode the bus together from September 2014 until the end of February. The alleged assault was reported after the girl told her aunt, who also serves as her legal guardian, about the incident and the aunt took the girl to a doctor.
As mandatory by state law, the physician reported the incident to law enforcement officials.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the middle school student is scheduled for his first juvenile court appearance on July 15. No attorney had been appointed or hired for the boy as of Thursday.
Prosecuting Attorney Michael Haas told the paper that the maximum sentence for three counts in a juvenile facility is 108 weeks (or 2 years and 1 month.)
According to court records, the boy was expelled from school and released to his family pending the legal trial.