A Boys Town resident has made a sexual assault allegation against another resident and Boys Town put up the bail money for the defendant.
Because the allegations involve two juvenile boys, it's understandable why Boys Town can't get into specifics but officials want to make clear that they're available for both of the teens.
Court documents obtained by WOWT 6 News highlight the allegations. A 16-year-old boy is accused of sexually assaulting another teenaged boy in May.
From court records it appears to be a case of he said - he said. The defendant argues it was consensual. His attorney has filed a motion to have it tried in juvenile court. Both teens remain at Boys Town.
We wanted to know if Boys Town paying $5,000 for the bail of one teenager made it look like Boys Town was picking sides in the legal fight. Boys Town says emphatically: no.
In a statement to WOWT 6 News, Boys Town said:
"As soon as we found out about the misconduct we reported it to both police and Child Protective Services. We don't know who is telling the truth and we are going to let the justice system run its course. We are advocating for both kids until we find the truth."
It's important to point out that Boys Town will get most of the money back if the 16-year-old makes his scheduled court dates. Bonds are set to make sure that people don't skip out when the court requires them to be there.
Boys Town is poised to soon celebrate 100 years of helping treat youngsters with behavioral, emotional and physical problems. It often deals with those who have already struggled in the system. Many have been in detention.
These two teens will be separated on campus while the legal system hunts for the truth.
The motion to transfer the felony sexual assault case to juvenile court will be heard in late August.