STERLING, Va. (WUSA) -- Loudoun County authorities say a 16-year-old boy is charged with two counts of abduction with intent to defile and two counts of aggravated sexual battery after attempting to sexually assault two middle school students as they walked to school on Monday.
According to the sheriff's office, a 14-year-old and 12-year-old girl were on a walking path in the area of Seneca Ridge Drive and Augusta Drive around 7:30 a.m. when a male grabbed them and attempted to sexually assault them. The girls were able to get out of his grasp, and teen witness to the incident chased the attacker away.
Police say the witness then took the girls to Seneca Ridge Middle School. There, they reported the incident to school officials.
After some investigation, police identified a 16-year-old boy from Sterling, Va. as the suspect. He is being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.
If you heard or saw the crime, authorities are asking you to call Detective P. Beaver at 703-777-0475.