Warren officials probe solicitation case

An 18-year-old special needs student was arrested at Warren High School after being accused of soliciting a sexual act from a 15-year-old student in one of the school’s bathrooms, according to documents from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

On Sept. 14, the 18-year-old, Kaleb Ryan Hooper, asked the other student to perform oral sex on him, according to the report, but no act was performed. The younger student reported the incident to the assistant principal, who called the sheriff’s office, according to the report.

Hooper was arrested about two and a half hours after the sheriff’s office received the complaint, according to the report. He was referred to his probation officer, Sheriff Larry Mincks said. Hooper was placed in lockdown in the county jail after he had an incident with another inmate, Mincks said.

Jason Hamilton, chief probation officer for the Marietta Municipal Court, said Hooper’s case is the subject of an investigation, although he said the probation office would not be the only agency involved.

“We’re working in partnership with the sheriff’s department and the school,” he said Tuesday. “At this point I’m not aware that he’s charged with any crimes.”

Hooper was arrested in July in connection with a domestic violence call in Vincent, according to sheriff’s records.

Warren Local Schools Superintendent Kyle Newton said he could not comment on specific allegations against students but said that in general students who encounter problems with safety or personal matters on campus have many resources to turn to for help.

“If they need to talk, we have multiple staff members who have a very good relationship with students,” he said. “They know they can rely on staff members to be confidential and sensitive if a student needs someone to reach out to beyond the usual.”

In dealing with student safety, he said, the school is “efficient and direct … we have a very good track record on disciplinary issues.”

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