Police probe sex assault claim at Pa. psych clinic

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh police are investigating a report that an 8-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a 14-year-old boy in the children’s playroom at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.


Investigators say both are patients at the facility.


Police say an aide walked into the playroom on Friday night and saw the girl with her pants down, after which the boy immediately said he didn’t do anything.


Police have yet to file charges and were still trying to interview both children and their parents on Tuesday.


The clinic is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which is spending some $10 million to upgrade security at the hospital in the wake of a shooting on March 8, 2010.


A mentally ill gunman killed one worker and wounded five others before police fatally shot him.


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