“There’s no cover up. We’re not trying to send (press) releases right now, we’re trying to complete the investigation,”reported P.C.S.O. Information Officer Kris Stancil.
“After watching video, any time someone might have been a witness…seen something, heard something, overheard something, we were able to identify who that kid was walking through that area so we talked to them, maybe three to four questions. It doesn’t indicate in any way, shape or fashion they are suspect. It just means they walked by an area that we might have been concerned about, to see if it could’ve happened during that time and that location.”He admitted there were only a few times during that day the victim was unattended.
“A lot of parents want us to come out and say that this person is not in the school and we’d love to be able to say that. The only part we’re able to say is we’re sure nobody came into the school and did this,”Stancil said. He further said they are looking at several areas where this may have occurred outside the school but quickly ruled out the school bus, saying there was a camera on the school bus and a review of the ride that afternoon revealed no possibility it occurred in transit.
“In this particular instance it’s students and any victim of a sexual assault is always going to be kept anonymous,”Stancil explained. Most things are public information but sexual assaults are not. Then the schools have their own rules which they’ve also abided by which has made the flow of information more difficult than normal.
“We can’t provide answers to the questions most people want to have right now. To gather evidence and not go off of a statement is much more difficult than just looking at a camera clip.”
“We’re continuing with that until we get to a point where we feel comfortable enough to make closure,”Stancil reported.
“Whether that be by an arrest or through school administrative or whatever it may be depending on who or what we end up with. Some cases just take a long time. This involves a lot of people and a lot of complex information so we’re having to go methodically.”
“You can’t be wrong when you make an accusation like this. This has to be beyond a reasonable doubt for an accusation because it’s that serious in nature. Especially if another child may have been involved, you’re looking at their entire future based on one accusation. If it’s not right you’ve really made a major foul so we’re being very, very careful,”Stancil finished.