The police department received a call from Huron County Children Services on March 7, asking for assistance in looking into a matter involving two juvenile boys within the village.
Sgt. Seth Miracle said he couldn’t provide details, but said the incident involved a 12-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy. Miracle, who said the boys are neighbors, added that one of them is accused of assaulting the other in July.
“With this type of case it will be a gross sexual imposition (charge),” he said.
One of boy’s family members told children services that the incident took place and the department called the police soon afterward.
Miracle said he will conduct interviews this week to gather more details and speak to the suspected boy. However, he said this takes on different challenges than interviewing adult suspects.
“We have a variety of different ways we can do it,” Miracle said.
“I’ve worked on cases before where the special NORD Center out of Lorain County, the sex assault department there, conducted some interviews for us on our behalf because (it’s different) when you’re talking with young children. It’s not that we aren’t trained in talking to young children, but especially with these types of situations, it’s best to have someone familiar with talking with kids and someone who knows how to get on their level.
“It’s always kind of intimidating when police talk to young children,” Miracles added. “We still have to do interviews, but they help us.”
Miracle said he expects the investigation to last a couple more weeks as the department is “looking at several avenues for the case,” which then will be turned over to the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
The officer said, while it is relatively uncommon, children with gross sexual imposition charges can be forced to register as sex offenders, something that could potentially follow them for the rest of their lives.
Miracle said this isn’t the first time something like this has happened in New London.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a common occurrence,” he said. “But it’s definitely happened. I wouldn’t say it’s an everyday occurrence, but we do see it.”