The responding officer’s speculation was inaccurate.
By Mandy Derfler
The most serious charge for an incident Friday afternoon in Candler Physical Education Center would be assault by contact, not sexual assault as reported by The Ranger Online, district police Chief Don Adams said Wednesday.
A student in the locker room shower was approached and propositioned by an unidentified man as the student prepared for a recital that evening in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.
The student asked what the man would be charged with if arrested and the responding officer listed sexual assault as a possible charge.
“The officer should not have speculated on what the charge would be,” Adams said.
According to the Texas Penal Code, sexual assault requires penetration.
Assault by contact “intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative,” the code reads.
Adams said the incident is still being investigated and there have been no arrests.
For more information on the Texas Penal Code, visit www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us.