Battery, Not Sexual Assault, Charges Sought In Great Bend Bus Investigation

An investigation into alleged assault aboard a Kansas high school swim team’s bus turned up no charges of sexual assault but multiple counts of battery and criminal restraint, according to the local Sheriff.

ABC affiliate KAKE reports that Ellsworth County Sheriff Tracy Ploutz announced the results of his office’s investigation last week, noting that sexual assault charges would not be filed in the case.

The investigation centered around Great Bend High School’s swim team, which faced allegations of assaults on two different bus trips within a few weeks. The incidents both occurred as the team was driving home from a meet, which added a wrinkle to the case with local authorities working to figure out what counties the alleged assaults happened in and which county would have jurisdiction in the case.

The KAKE report deals with the second incident, which was determined to have occurred in Ellsworth County. Sheriff Ploutz said his office’s investigation turned up four victims of battery and two victims of criminal restraint, according to KAKE.

He also said there were five suspects for the battery and three suspects for the criminal restraint, with the suspects between ages 15 and 17. Though original allegations included sexual assault, Ploutz said the interviews that made up the investigation did not bring up sexual assault charges.

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G Miller
6 years ago

Are these kids still in school? There is obviously grounds for long-term suspension/expulsion.

6 years ago

Does anyone know why AVP shows as a DNF for the 200 Free and a DQ for the 100 Free?

Reply to  cltcoach
6 years ago

No, no, see it’s classified in the DMZ, gotta go ASAP, you know, strictly BYOB. Bye!

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