Man Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting Teen on Her Way to School

The attack happened earlier this month and prompted Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris to issue a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

By Samantha Tata and Michael L. Kaufman
|  Thursday, Dec 27, 2012  |  Updated 5:02 PM PDT
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Students Urged to be Alert After Teen Sexually Assaulted on Way to School

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Charles Delshon James, 30, is suspected in the Dec. 13 attack against a girl while she was walking to Eastside High School in Lancaster, according to LA County sheriff's officials.

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$5K Reward in Case of Teen Sexually Assault on Way to School

Detectives are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 14 year-old girl on her way to school in Lancaser early Thursday morning. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris has offered a $5,000 reward leading to the apprehension of the suspect. Jane Yamamoto reports from Lancaster for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2012.

Students Urged to be Alert After Teen Sexually Assaulted on Way to School

A 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on her way to school at Eastside High in Lancaster early Thursday. That night, parents and students were urged to be extra cautious in wake of the attack. Jane Yamamoto reports from Lancaster for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2012.
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UPDATE: A man accused of sexually assaulting a Lancaster girl while she walked to school was arrested early Wednesday in Greenville, South Carolina, a day after detectives publicized the 30 year old's photo (embedded below) in an attempt to track him down, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Charles Delshon James is expected to be extradited to Los Angeles within the next 10 days to face five felony charges in connection with the Dec. 13 attack, said Sgt. Brian Hudson with the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau. A warrant was issued Wednesday for his arrest, Hudson said.

The assault earlier this month targeted a 14-year-old girl as she walked to Eastside High School. Hudson said detectives "have no reason to believe" there are other victims.


ORIGINAL: A man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on her way to school in Lancaster earlier this month was identified Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Charles Delshon James, 30, (pictured below) is suspected in the Dec. 13 attack against a girl who told detectives she believed she was being followed while walking to school at 6:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of East Avenue J-8.

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The Eastside High School student tried to get away from her attacker when he grabbed her and dragged her from the sidewalk into nearby bushes where he proceeded to sexually assault her, according to press release issued by the department.

The victim did not see if the man had a weapon and "very few" words were said by the attacker, Sgt. Brian Hudson said earlier this month.

Detectives sought the public’s help in the case, and Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris offered a $5,000 reward leading to the apprehension of the suspect.

It was unclear if the reward had any influence on detectives’ ability to identify James in connection with the attack.

James is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall and 255 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the LASD Special Victims Bureau's 24-hour tip line at 877-710-5273.

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