STEUBENVILLE - A City Police juvenile detective interviewed a 14-year-old girl and her mother Tuesday in connection with the investigation of an alleged sexual assault that occurred within the city in April.
The girl and her mother went to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department on Sunday and were referred to City Police because the alleged assault was reported to have occurred in the city limits.
City Police Chief William McCafferty said the juvenile detective interviewed the girl and her mother. He said the juvenile detective is trained in interviewing child sexual assault victims.
McCafferty said the next step is to find witnesses who were at the home where the alleged sexual assault took place. He is urging anyone with information about the incident to contact the chief's office at (740) 283-6000 extension 2302, or the juvenile division at extension 2600.
McCafferty said it is too early in the investigation to comment on whether April's alleged incident is related to an alleged August sexual assault of a female teenager.
"We don't know who all is involved yet," McCafferty said.
The girl's parents in August's alleged incident came to the police station on Aug. 14 to report the sexual assault of their daughter. That investigation resulted in charges being filed against two Steubenville High School student athletes.
Those juveniles charged are being held in the county juvenile detention center and face a probable cause hearing in juvenile court on Sept. 14.