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Madison East student arrested in alleged October sexual assault

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 2:57 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2021 at 7:04 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A 17-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday morning following an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that took place last month.

The teenager was booked into the Dane Co. jail on counts of second-degree sexual assault and strangulation, according to the Madison Police Dept. In its incident report, published Wednesday, MPD stated the attack happened in the early morning hours of Oct. 10, in the 100 block of Talmadge St.

No other details about the allegations against the teen were released.

NBC15 News is not releasing the teen’s name because of his age, pending the filing of adult charges against him. The Madison Metropolitan School District did confirm he is a student at Madison East High School.

The week following the alleged sexual assault, students at Madison East walked out of class to protest the school’s response to a reported incident. The Madison Police Dept. did not say if this arrest was in any connected to the instance that prompted that protest.

Madison East Interim Principal Mikki Smith, who stepped in one week ago after former principal Sean Leavy left for a new role within MMSD, sent a letter out to all students Wednesday with resources available and to thank students for sharing their message against sexual violence.

“I am writing today to let you know your voices, passion, and call to action did not go unnoticed,” Smith wrote. “Your message inspired students from schools around the greater Madison community to come together, in unity, to support a common cause. As your voice was amplified, your important message spread to all corners of our community. Your advocacy has made me proud to be your Interim Principal.”

Smith noted there will be a “sustained effort” at East HS for more collaboration between students, school leaders and district administrators on how to address these issues. Staff and students will receive education on sexual violence, which Smith said a timeline will be created for during the second week of November.

This work will also create clear protocols for how to report incidents of sexual assault and clarify where to access those support and reporting systems. Smith also stated that the school will hold those who commit acts of sexual violence accountable for their actions, within the framework of the district’s behavioral education plan.

Smith provided this list of resources for students and their families:

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