Boy, 11, Charged in Sex

Assault on Another Boy

PHILADELPHIA -- An 11-year-old boy sexually assaulted another boy in a middle-school stairway after chasing the victim from a bathroom, authorities said.

School officials said they will try to determine where employees were at the time of the attack Tuesday morning.

"There should be no circumstances in which children can go anywhere in that school for any length of time unobserved," said Paul G. Vallas, the school district's chief executive. Employees could be fired if a dereliction of duty occurred.

The victim, 12, was treated at a hospital. He will be moved to another school, Vallas said.

The suspect had been cutting class, according to Richard Barth, vice president of Edison Schools Inc., which runs the middle school in north Philadelphia.

Police said the victim was choked and threatened in the bathroom before he ran off. The suspect then chased the boy into the stairway and sexually assaulted him.

The suspect was charged as a juvenile with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

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