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Mingus Union High School Student Reports Sexual Assault

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Area Commands MapSedona AZ (February 5, 2015)On February 2, 2015, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported sexual assault of a female student attending Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood. Deputies met the 15-year-old victim at the school and she recounted circumstances of a sexual assault occurring Saturday, January 31, 2015, involving three male students from the school.

The incident took place in an area outside of Cottonwood. 

The victim told deputies that early Saturday evening one of the suspects contacted her by phone and asked if she would like to hang out with some friends. She agreed and was picked up at her home a short time later by three fellow students. They drove to a remote area where she was told an outdoor social gathering was underway. No such activity was occurring. The vehicle finally stopped and a short time later the victim was sexually assaulted by the suspects. They eventually drove her home around midnight and dropped her off.

Deputies contacted detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau and the following day, February 3, all three suspects were arrested. Two of the suspects, both 16-years-old, were arrested at Mingus Union High School. The third suspect, a 17-year-old, was arrested at his Cottonwood home.

All suspects were booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Kidnapping and Sexual Assault. One of the suspects was additionally charged with Criminal Liability.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website www.ycsoaz.gov.

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  1. Angie Voigt says:

    Such a shame that this crap continues!

  2. Peter Fish says:

    Why, oh, why. Think we need to bring back some morals, and discipline.

  3. what those boys did to that girl would get dog or cat owners jail time

    there is no excuses for rape & this was planned

    they need to go away for life not juvie hall, treat them like adults

  4. Quality education starts at home,

    When parents teach their children lessons about the consequences of their behavior then quality teachers will be able to teach these children.

    Quality students isn’t the results of expensive schools, funded teachers unions, over-paid and underperforming school administrators, school boards, teachers and expensive sports programs.

    When businesses aren’t able to find adequate employees that are punctual, dependable, drug-free, reliable, trustworthiness with a genuine work ethic that has the ability to communicate, read, write and do simple math problems then someone has failed to provide the basics required for survival. Add in proper dress code, personal appearance and the picture gets far more complicated.

    If you have a conversation with businesses owners in your community they may be willing to share their hiring frustration with you.

    I don’t say this to be mean spirited, I say it because it’s the message I hear from businesses I work with across the country.

    It’s time for parents to get back to being parents and to quit being your child’s best friend, our nation’s future depends on it.

    It would be a good first step for parents and their children to have dinner with each other. Though I’m not LDS, I will tell you that many years ago my wife and I adopted a LDS program that our children have told us that made a difference to them and it’s called “Family Home Evening” as I remember it being called.

    Gary Chamberlain
    Cornville AZ-USA
    Vietnam veteran

  5. Anonymous says:

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Shameful all of these hateful comments.

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