A middle school boy has been charged with six counts of sexual battery after he allegedly inappropriately touched female students in public areas of his school.
The allegations against the 13-year-old student came to light last Thursday when the mother of an alleged victim reported the incident to police.
According to authorities, the incidents reportedly occurred in the hallways of Rucker-Stewart Middle School where the accused teen allegedly fondled other middle school girls while other students watched.
Officials launched an investigation and found five more girls who allege the teen inappropriately touched them, too.
As of Monday, the 13-year-old boy was charged with six counts of felony sexual battery.
Officer Bill Storment said that he has been cooperative in the investigation.
“In fact, he has been more cooperative than the witnesses who are a little reluctant to speak in front of their parents,” he explained.
Storment said that the “witnesses” he referred to were other boys that allegedly stood and watched the accused teen as he touched the girls.
“How much they saw or what they witnessed, I don't know. None of the other witnesses have been charged with anything. And some of those witnesses say, ‘No I didn't really see what happened, but I did see him do something to another girl',” he elaborated.
He continued, “If there are any other students in the school who have been victims of sexual battery we want them to come forward.”
Officials with the Sumner County school system also reported the incident to law enforcement immediately and are cooperating with the on-going investigation.
Nashville's News 2 Investigates has learned told the student could be expelled or sent to an alternative school.
He remains in an area juvenile detention center.
If he is found guilty, the minor could be placed on the sex offender registry.
How long he would be on the registry and if he would remain there past the age of 18 would have to be determined.
Reporter Heather Jensen will have interview with one of the alleged victims' mothers on Nashville's News 2 at 10 p.m.