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Sterling teen accused of attempted sexual assault

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A teenager is in custody in Loudoun County after he allegedly tried to sexually assault two girls on a walking path near a Sterling middle school, police say.

Loudoun County Sheriff's officials say that two girls, 12 and 14, were walking to school near Seneca Ridge Drive and Augusta Drive on Monday morning at about 7:30 a.m. when the alleged incident occurred. Authorities say that the suspect, a 16-year-old boy, grabbed them and then tried to sexually assault them.

The girls were able to get away. Shortly thereafter, another teenage boy, who officials say witnessed the incident, chased the suspect away, then escorted the girls to Seneca Ridge Middle School to report what had happened.

"It terrifies me. I have two daughters. I would hate to think that it is not safe to walk here," parent Elissa Savos said.

"Even though the age difference is not that big, it doesn't make sense to attack a girl. It's uncalled for," adds Mona Zitoun, a student at nearby Dominion High School.

Students at both Dominion High and Seneca Ridge Middle School say a lot of people were talking about the attack and the suspect.

Dominion High student Joanna Rizk recalls, "He was always like pretty crazy, but I don't know I don't really know."

Authorities have charged the suspect with two counts each of abduction with intent to defile and aggravated sexual battery. He is being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.

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