Hoboken High School student allegedly fondled 12-year-old seventh grader

HOBOKEN — A Hoboken High School student allegedly fondled a 12-year-old seventh grader in a school elevator on Thursday, May 19, Hoboken Sgt. Edgardo Cruz confirmed on Wednesday.

Cruz asserted that the 16-year-old High School boy was arrested Friday night, May 20 and charged with criminal sexual contact and unlawful imprisonment in connection with the incident that occurred on Thursday, May 19 – defined as touching an “intimate part” over the girl’s clothing.

Superintendent of Hoboken Schools Christine Johnson reportedly sent out correspondence to district parents following the incident. However, she did not respond to calls or emails about what parents were told by Wednesday afternoon.

On Wednesday Cruz said “currently [we] not have an update on the female or male student or the actions the school has taken.”

“We can not reveal their names or more information as to the exact details of the incident/touching,” he added.

NJ.com reported that the girl told school officials about the incident and they reported it to police. The story said the girl’s family said she hasn’t been herself since the incident. Some parents in the story complained that the seventh and eighth grades at Hoboken High are not separate enough from the high school classrooms.

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