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Boy, 15, accused of forcible touching

A Glen Cove High School male student was arrested and charged with forcing a 15-year-old girl into a restroom, keeping her there, and forcibly touching her, police said Tuesday.

The name of the male student was not released by Glen Cove police, as he is also 15 and was charged as a minor.

Det. Lt. Tom Fitzpatrick said the incident took place about 2:50 p.m. Friday, after regular classes, when both students were still in the building to participate in approved school sports activities.

Surveillance video indicates that the boy, a sophomore, forced her inside a girls' restroom, police said. The girl later reported that there, he inappropriately touched and fondled her, police said.

Moments after they left the restroom, police said, the boy tried to force her into a nearby men's restroom. She resisted by falling to the floor, and although he grabbed her by the ankles, police said, he did not pull her inside.

The freshman girl reported the incident to school officials shortly afterward, police said, and the boy, accompanied by his parents, turned himself into Glen Cove police Friday.

The boy is charged with Class A misdemeanors of unlawful imprisonment, and forcible touching. His case was to be heard in Nassau County Family Court, police said.

Joseph Laria, superintendent of the Glen Cove school district said Tuesday there is an adequate security force at the district schools, and the school's security cameras were instrumental in helping the police.

"School officials acted swiftly and promptly, working with the police," Laria said. "And we acted swiftly by suspending the male student."

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