Police, UCS investigate student sex allegations

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 24, 2018

Sterling Heights police are investigating allegations that criminal sexual activity took place among Utica Community Schools elementary students on a school bus this month, though official sources are currently tight-lipped about the details.

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. Mario Bastianelli, police received the initial report Sept. 20 about a complaint of alleged criminal sexual conduct recently between two juveniles. He could not give the date the alleged incident took place.

“Our detective bureau is currently investigating it further,” he said. “There is not a whole lot we’re going to say besides that.”

According to school officials, the alleged incident took place on a Harvey Elementary School bus. In a letter to parents, Harvey Principal Laurie Pritchard said the bus in particular serves the Sterling Estates community, located near 19 ½ Mile and Utica roads.

“We are working with the Sterling Heights Police Department to investigate this matter,” she said. “As is our established district protocol, the student involved is not in school.”

Pritchard added that Harvey Elementary is dedicated to keeping students and faculty safe.

“Please take this opportunity to speak with your child, letting them know that we will not tolerate any behavior that is threatening or inappropriate,” she said.

UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy said Child Protective Services is also involved in the investigation.

“This is a sensitive situation that requires the district to respect the privacy rights of those involved,” he said.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department by calling (586) 446-2800.