Boy Accused of Sexually Assaulting Girl at Hartford PAL Program

Police are investigating after a girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a boy while participating in the Hartford Police Athletic League program on Monday.

Officers were called to Connecticut Children's Medical Center on Tuesday after getting a report of a sexual assault.

During the preliminary investigation, police said they learned that a boy lured a girl to an unsupervised area of the building on Williams Street while at the PAL program.

According to officers, the girl told police that the boy performed a lewd sexual act and then they both returned to the program.

The incident was reported to police the following day and police said appropriate action was taken and an immediate investigation was launched.

The boy has been suspended from the program pending the outcome of the investigation, authorities said.

The Department of Children and Families has been notified and is conducting a parallel investigation in to the matter.

A forensic interview was conducted with the girl by the Klingberg Family Centers in Hartford. Police said the interviews were conducted by independent organizations to preserve the integrity of the investigation. Klingberg works with the courts, police and DCF to provide and coordinate services.

The PAL program is operated by a board of directors from various organizations throughout the city and provides services to youth, between the ages of 6 to 18, with alternatives to violence, gang membership, truancy and substance abuse, police said.

The overall PAL program offers a variety of programs which serves 60-90 kids per weeknight. Field trips, competitive athletics and other programs are conducted on weekends. There are currently over 1,500 youth in the newly formed database, police added.

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