Teen student reports sexual assault at Galena Interior Learning Academy

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GALENA, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers have arrested a 16-year-old male for allegedly sexually assaulting a student at the Galena Interior Learning Academy. The teen now faces charges for six counts of second-degree sexual assault.

AST in Galena say they received a report of a student being "inappropriately touched" on Feb. 13 around 9:30 a.m. Troopers arrested a 16-year-old male for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student later that day. The male was arrested and remanded to the Fairbanks Youth Facility.

Channel 2 spoke to John Riddle, the principal of GILA, who said "student safety is our first priority." Riddle directed other questions about the alleged incident to the Galena School District superintendent, Chris Reitan, who was not immediately available for comment.

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