An 11-year-old has been charged in the rape of a 6-year-old on an Aldine ISD bus.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that it accepted three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child after Aldine ISD said they presented their investigation findings to the DA’s office. The 11-year-old, whose name is being withheld due to their age and the nature of the case, allegedly lured a 6-year-old student to the back of a school bus and sexually assaulted him. The incident was first brought to light after the mother of the victim was called in by the school and told her that cameras on the bus captured the incidents, which had been happening for months.
The mother, whose name will also remain unpublished, said her son came home without his backpack, which caused her to ask what happened.
"He came home without the backpack Tuesday evening," she said in a press conference last week.
She said she called the school's transportation department the next morning and asked if they could radio in the driver to see if his items were on the bus.
"The day that I requested it, I was told in a nonchalant manner, another student tossed it out the window. So I asked to speak with a supervisor, I spoke with a supervisor ... I asked them if they could review it, identify the student, get with the principals so we could have a parent-teacher conversation with the other family to rectify the situation between my child and the other child."
The mother said she received a call five hours later to pick up her son, and that an Aldine ISD police officer wanted to speak to her.
"I thought that perhaps my son did something wrong. I get to the school and I find out that my son was sexually assaulted," she said. "Days of talking to my child, the details became more and more graphic each and every time. From what I thought was just an oral incident was really a physical incident. No one is being held accountable, I'm angry as hell."
The mother said she also wanted action taken against the bus driver, but the District Attorney’s office said no charges against the driver had been filed.
The 6-year-old has been offered counseling services at the Children’s Assessment Center.
Aldine ISD said in a statement: “The safety and security of our students is our priority and we take all situations seriously. When we receive information regarding a possible harmful situation, the appropriate authorities are immediately notified and we immediately conduct a thorough investigation.”