Deputies investigating reported sexual assault at Palmetto Ridge High

Collier County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Palmetto Ridge High School student's report that another student followed her into a school restroom and asked her to perform a sex act.

Reports said the female student went into a women's bathroom on Oct. 11 around 2:30 p.m. to change clothes. The students said another student followed her into the restroom, unbuttoned his pants and asked her to perform a sex act.

When she declined, the student said he cornered her and put his genitals in her hand. At that point, other students walked into the restroom and told them to stop because a teacher was coming, according to an incident report.

The female student told detectives she did not perform the sex act on the other student and said she was not dating him and did not know him well.

Detectives said surveillance images verified both students walking in and out of the restroom. The female student said she did not initially report the incident because she was embarrassed.

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