Police: Report of assault behind school unfounded

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 24, 2013 

Authorities say a report by a 13-year-old girl who claimed she was assaulted Monday evening behind Mossy Oaks Elementary School is unfounded.

Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said Thursday investigators are confident "there was no abduction, and there was no assault."

The girl said she was at the playground with two friends at about 5 p.m. but was left alone when her companions ran home to charge a cellphone. Three unknown men or teenagers reportedly approached the girl, pulled her into the woods and hit her in the face. She was found when her friends returned to the area with an adult.

"There's no evidence to back up what her initial claim was," Clancy said. "We've located the individuals they described. ... They said they weren't involved."

Clancy said the girl likely reported the assault because she was socializing with people her family had told her not to associated with.

He also said one of the girls and a group of men were involved in an incident Jan. 14, in which a teenage male allegedly blew marijuana smoke in the faces of a girl and two others in their early teens. That report is still being investigated, he said.

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