Detectives charge 16-year-old with sexual battery at St. Pete school

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A 16-year-old is charged with the sexual battery of a 14-year-old. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detectives said the incident occurred Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Lealman Innovation Academy, located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

The victim told friends what had happened, triggering the investigation, detectives said.

“Detectives say at about 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2016, school was in session when the victim encountered the suspect … in the hallway of the Lealman Innovation Academy. (The suspect) asked the victim to go into an unoccupied classroom with him and she refused. (He) used physical force to pull the victim into the empty classroom against her will, where he sexually battered her,” a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.

Detectives arrested the suspect Monday after an interview. The suspect is charged with one county of sexual battery. He was taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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