LOWELL -- Lowell High School was placed in a soft lockdown while police searched for, located and arrested a 16-year-old student who was accused of attempting to rape a female in a bathroom during school hours.

Capt. Kelly Richardson said the victim, who will not be identified, approached a school resource officer and informed him of the incident shortly after it happened.

The victim told police "that while she was washing her hands in a bathroom she was assaulted by an unknown male," Richardson wrote in a prepared statement. "Victim stated that she was grabbed from behind and she was able to break free after a brief struggle."

The school was immediately placed in a soft lockdown, which means students are forced to remain in their classrooms with the doors locked.

The victim described her attacker and police searched the school until a suspect matching the description was located in a classroom, according to Richardson.

That boy, a 16-year-old student, was taken to police headquarters, interviewed in the presence of a responsible adult, and then arrested and charged with assault with intent to rape.

The 16-year-old will not be identified since he is a juvenile. He will be arraigned Wednesday in Lowell Juvenile Court.

Richardson said the victim did not require medical attention. She was taken home from school by her father. There were no weapons involved in the incident and no other victims have come forward.

Superintendent Jean Franco and Headmaster Brian Martin could not immediately be reached for comment.

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