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Sexual Battery on School Bus

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UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A 15 year old juvenile is facing sex crime charges, and police say it all happened on a public school bus in Union Parish.

A school bus should be safe for children of all ages, but in Union Parish, three young girls were sexually assaulted.

Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley says, "in a subsequent interview he admitted to touching the three young ladies in a very inappropriate manner."

The suspect is a 15 year old student at Farmerville High School, he's admitted to touching sisters ages 4, 6, and 8.

First the mother told the children to stay away from the boy, but Buckley says it didn't stop.

Buckley says, "because of a game our suspect had that he allowed them to play they continued contact, and finally one of them went to the mother and told her what had been happening."

Police say it all happened as the young girls were sitting next to the suspect on the bus.

One student who rides a different parish bus says, she isn't surprised to hear things like this are going on.

8th grader, Bethany Lee, says "kids these days are really immature and don't think about their actions."

But, some parents are concerned for their children's safety, and are asking for the school system to act quickly, and accordingly.

Parent, Barry Bryan, says "I don't know what there would be with limited funding and all that you could do but I think that certainly something should be done to protect our kids."

Concerned Resident, Lana Patton, says "they do need cameras and they may need someone riding on their with the bus driver to keep things under control."

Sheriff Buckley wants to tell parents to take their child's concerns seriously.

He says, "I would sit down with the children and they them this is not right, if someone tried to do this you come and tell me you're not in trouble a lot of times children may think it's their fought if it's happening when in reality it is not."

Buckley says parent's should have open communication with your children and warn them about these dangers.

The juvenile is being held at the Green Oaks Juvenile Detention Center waiting for his trial.

Sheriff Buckley says there hasn't been a court yet set as of now.

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