Saturday 21 September 2019

Pupil alleges he was sexually assaulted with clothes hanger at boarding school

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Gardaí are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a 12-year-old boy by students at a private boarding school.

The incident allegedly happened at Wilson's Hospital School in Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath.

The allegation is that three students assaulted the boy leaving him suffering mental health issues as a result.

It is alleged three senior students dragged the boy into a dormitory room and tried to sexually assault him with a clothes hanger while holding him down.

The young student is believed to have had his clothes on during the alleged attack and received minor injuries.

The alleged incident happened just months after the student started at the boarding school. The junior pupil didn't tell his parents about the attack until several months afterwards, when it was reported to gardaí and Tusla.

The boy has since left the school and moved to a public school, which helped get him an appointment with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Gardaí have since launched an investigation into the alleged incident and are awaiting directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions on how to proceed.

"This is an ongoing investigation and a file has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for direction," a Garda spokeswoman said.

Irish Independent

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