Attorney: 7-year-old sexually assaulted at Shalimar Elementary School

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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla (WKRG) – An attorney says he plans on filing a lawsuit alleging a 7-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by other students at Shalimar Elementary School.

According to Attorney Aaron Watson, his client, a 7-year-old boy, was coerced into performing sexual acts on two other students in the school bathroom. The lawsuit, which he plans to file Thursday, alleges the Okaloosa County School Board was negligent in supervising the 1st-grade students in the classroom.

He says in a press release, “specifically, the complaint alleges that a seven-year-old male student was the subject of sexual bullying in which he was coerced into a school restroom and forced to engage in sexual acts, with two other students, including sexual intercourse.”

News 5 has reached out to Okaloosa County Schools, but the press release came after normal business hours.

The press release goes on to say,  “the incident allegedly occurred in a restroom located inside of a first-grade classroom while the teacher was present inside the classroom. This incident allegedly occurred in 2016 and has been under investigation by The Okaloosa County Sheriff Department and The Florida Department of Children and Families.” 

We’re also reaching out to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office to ask them about the investigation. 

A guidance counselor at Shalimar was also recently arrested for allegedly failing to report sex abuse on the campus, one of several Okaloosa County School employees facing charges. 

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