A 14-year-old boy who was arrested six months ago on a charge of sexually assaulting a younger student at a Pinellas school was arrested again in August on a charge that he molested another child near Tampa, Hillsborough deputies said.
The boy faces a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation, a second-degree felony, for the second time this year after abusing a child between the ages of 10 and 13 on Aug. 26, according to Larry McKinnon, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
The Tampa Bay Times isn't naming the suspect because of his age.
The 14-year-old was first arrested on Feb. 8 at Clearwater's Calvin A. Hunsinger School after a teacher found him in a bathroom with an 8-year-old student who has autism.
The third-grader told his mother, the Hunsinger principal and a school resource officer that a "big boy" ordered him to pull down his pants, stood behind him and did something that "really hurt."
The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office placed the 14-year-old in a pretrial diversion program at a Hillsborough group home. Though the boy was closely supervised, he was alone with another child in a bathroom when the August incident occurred, said Pinellas-Pasco Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett.
"Obviously, their diversion program didn't work," said the 8-year-old's mother, who was notified last week about the second arrest. "This kid is committing major, heinous crimes. Why can't they lock him up?"
The Times isn't naming the mother to protect her son's identity.
"They do everything and above to try to put the child somewhere with counseling, with one-on-one supervision, with a doctor," Bartlett said of the diversion program. "Now, it's time to re-evaluate how to handle these type of cases."