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7-Year-Old Accused of Sex Harassment After Groin Kick

Mother says son was just defending himself from bully
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2011 7:19 AM CST
7-Year-Old Accused of Sex Harassment After Groin Kick
A 7-year-old boy in Boston has been accused of sexual assault after kicking another boy in the testicles. His mother says he was just defending himself from a bully.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 7-year-old boy in Boston has been accused of sexual harassment, but his mother says he was just defending himself from a bully, reports the Boston Globe. The boy's mother says the incident happened on the school bus last month, when a bully choked her son, Mark, and stole his gloves. Mark, while trying to defend himself, kicked the bully in the testicles. “I think my kid was right to fight back,’’ says Tasha Lynch. “He wasn’t doing anything except protecting himself."

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But when when Lynch tried to follow up on the incident, she found the school accusing her son of sexual assault. “He said he felt totally alone,’’ Lynch says. “Nobody believed him. Nobody was there for him." School officials refuse to comment on their investigation, but said that "any kind of inappropriate touching" was considered sexual assault and would be investigated. A hearing is expected at the school tomorrow. (Read more sexual assault stories.)

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