Male Student Accused of Sexually Assaulting Female Student at Sweet Home High School

December 17, 2011 Updated Dec 17, 2011 at 7:18 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

December 17, 2011 Updated Dec 17, 2011 at 7:18 PM EDT

AMHERST, NY (WKBW) - Amherst Police have arrested and charged a 17-year-old male student from Sweet Home High School after alleged sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student Friday afternoon.

Police received a call from the school resource officer around 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon after the 17-year-old male was caught allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student in a secluded area in the rear of the school.

The two students were acquainted, according to police, and suspicions were raised when an alert hall monitor noticed the students entering a restricted area of the building.

The hall monitor notified school staff who immediately investigated the report and interrupted the assault in progress and contacted police.

"[the incident] was absolutely handled 100-percent perfect. They investigated immediately, took action immediately and the investigation is continuing," said Lieutenant Eric Davis of the Amherst Police Department.

The name of the 17-year-old suspect has not been released, and police say there is no indication that the sexual abuse was ongoing.

The suspect is facing what police are calling 'serious charges', however authorities are not releasing what he has been charged with.

The male student is being charged as an adult and was arraigned in court Saturday. He is being held at the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo on $10,000 bail and $25,000 bond.

He is due back in court on December 22.

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