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Transgender student recants attack, sexual assault report

March 04, 2014|By Adolfo Flores and Ari Bloomekatz

Northern California police said Tuesday a transgender teenager who claimed he was beaten and sexually assaulted by three boys in a school bathroom has recanted his story.

The 15-year-old transgender boy admitted he made a false report about an alleged Monday attack after investigators told him there was no evidence to back up his story, said Hercules Police Detective Connie Van Putten.

“We were unable to substantiate any of the statements he made,” Van Putten said.

Police found no injuries to the boy’s head, face or hands to corroborate an attack, Van Putten said. A sexual assault examination also was performed on the student, she said.

Police closed what they initially considered a hate-crime investigation, and the student could face charges for filing a false police report, Van Putten said.

“At this point, we have not decided,” she said. “He would be referred to the juvenile justice system.”

The alleged attack had raised concerns at Hercules Middle-High School because of a previous incident involving a transgender student at the Hercules campus this school year, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

A transgender student at the school was arrested in November and charged with battery because of a fight she was allegedly involved in. She claimed school officials were not receptive to complaints she was being bullied.

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