S. Oregon boy, 14, charged with sexual harassment

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - A middle school student in southern Oregon has been charged with 10 counts of sexual harassment after being accused of groping female classmates.

The News-Review reports ( ) the 14-year-old boy was removed from Freemont Middle School following the charges.

Police say the boy groped an underage girl on a recent field trip. While investigating the incident, police discovered the boy is accused of groping several other girls since January. They say he is accused of trying to play it off as a joke.

The boy also is accused of sending lewd text messages and picture messages to a student. That incident has led to an additional charge of telephonic harassment.

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