Murray • Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault of a teen that allegedly occurred a week ago in a restroom near Murray softball fields behind Riverview Junior High.
Kenny Bass, a Murray police officer, confirmed Wednesday that the department was investigating a report of such an attack, but because it was still “early” in the investigation, details were slim.
A public post on Taylorsville Fast-pitch Softball’s Facebook page says that the assault occurred April 25 “sometime after the Murray High School softball game.”
Murray School District spokeswoman D. Wright said no one at the school or the Police Department was told about the alleged assault on the night of the game and that the alleged victim — a female teen student in the district — reported the assault to a trusted teacher at school the day after it occurred.
“Our awareness and concern for the student doesn’t diminish” once the case is turned over to police, Wright said, adding that the district is still in touch with the student and her family. Counselors, staff members and administrators are available for students at the schools, Wright said.
Wright would not confirm which school the student attends, citing privacy concerns, but she noted that the teen was an athlete involved with the softball team. The softball team includes girls from ninth to 12th grades, Wright said; Murray High enrolls 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders.
Wright said the district made coaches aware of the report and notified teams that use school district property. Administrators did not feel the need to notify all parents about the alleged assault, Wright said, because it occurred on property that “isn’t a high-usage field” for the district. The softball coach “certainly” talked with the team about it, Wright said.
The social media post from the public Taylorsville-based softball league urged parents to stay at the Murray fields during warm-ups and games to help ensure safety. “If you see anything out of the norm or suspicious, please let your coach know right away,” the post says.
The post says it quoted an email from softball officials; it did not contain details about the crime or age of the alleged victim, and it said softball officials were not aware of suspects in police custody.