The Latest: Oklahoma House suspends page program

Oklahoma State Capitol
Posted at 7:23 AM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 08:23:12-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Latest on a police investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a teenager participating in a legislative page program (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Oklahoma's speaker of the House says he's suspending a high school page program following an incident in which a teenage girl says she was sexually assaulted.

In an email to House members Thursday, Charles McCall says he is suspending the program pending an internal review.

Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said his agency is investigating after the teen alleged she was sexually assaulted by a male teenager who was also serving as a page. No arrests have been made.

The alleged assault took place at a hotel away from the Capitol where the students were staying with chaperones.

The Oklahoma Senate has a separate page program, and Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat says he plans to review the program's protocols to make sure students are protected.


2 p.m.

Police in Oklahoma are investigating after a teenage girl participating in the Oklahoma House of Representative's page program alleges she was sexually assaulted at a hotel away from the Capitol.

Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes confirmed Thursday his detectives are investigating the alleged assault of the teen Tuesday night by a male teenager who also was serving as a page.

No arrests have been made, and Clabes says when the investigation is completed, it will be turned over to the district attorney to decide if charges are warranted.

House Speaker Charles McCall acknowledged the incident Thursday, but says it would be inappropriate to discuss details while the incident is being investigated.

High school students who participate in the page program stay overnight at an area hotel.

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