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Law enforcement investigates alleged sex assault following Nichols School protest

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Dec 14, 2021

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — UPDATE 2/16/22 — The Erie County District Attorney's Office announced it concluded its investigation into the alleged assault. In a statement, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn wrote, "it has been determined that there is not sufficient evidence to prove the elements of a felony charge beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law." A misdemeanor charge was filed by Amherst police against an adolescent male, who was 17 years old at the time of the alleged crime, and the case has been moved to Family Court. You can find more information here.

ORIGINAL — The Erie County District Attorney's Office and Amherst Police Department are investigating an alleged sexual assault, following a student protest at the Nichols School regarding the incident.

On Monday, dozens of students temporarily walked out of the school in protest.

Nichols' students told 7 Eyewitness News they were protesting a "lack of action" by school officials to address allegations that a student was sexually assaulted by another student off campus.

A spokesperson for the school sent a statement explaining, "As a school, one of the ways we support our students is by respecting our students’ character and their right to assemble."

In a statement Tuesday, the district attorney's office confirmed their investigation is related to the walkout protest at Nichols'.

7 Eyewitness News submitted a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to the Amherst Police Department to gather additional information about this case.