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4 arrested at high school for alleged sexual assault

Posted at 11:45 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 11:45:46-04

JOHNSTON, IA (KCCI/CNN) - Word spread quickly through an Iowa school on Thursday of four students arrested for allegedly sexually abusing, assaulting and robbing a 15-year-old boy.

"When I first heard about it, shocked almost," said William Reiher, a senior at Johnston High School.

"I've been doing this 15 years now, I can't say I've worked another case like this," said Johnston Police Department's Lt. Tyler Thompkins.

Johnston police arrested 18-year-old Morgan Hough, 17-year-old Ritter Stahlbaum, 15-year-old Kaden Dishman and 15-year-old Noah Lamar at the school Thursday morning.

"While all of these are Johnston school students, I want to impress on you that this event did not happen at the school," Tompkins said.

The assault happened at Hough's house in the 8,000 block of Highland Oaks Drive on September 8.

Police learned of the incident 10 days after.

"It was a tip that was sent to the school anonymously and then immediately forwarded to us," Tompkins said.

We knocked on the front door of the home Thursday, but no one answered.

Back at the school, students don't know what's going on.

"Everyone's kind of confused," said McKenna Natzke, a senior. "Like teachers aren't telling us much."

And they aren't happy with how their school is being represented.

"Hearing the rumors and hearing the charges that were brought against them, it doesn't represent the student body or the high school whatsoever," said Kathryn Ikeda, a senior.

Police said counselors have been made available for students at the school.

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