A Wichita, Kansas, man has been charged with sexual battery in connection with an assault in a high school bathroom that occurred last September, reports say.
Harris is now accused of entering the school while classes were still in session, following an 18-year-old girl into a bathroom, and attempting to sexually assault her.
The incident led to a wider discussion of security at the school last fall. One of the decisions made to enhance school security was to lock all outer doors, even while school was in session. Other measures are still being considered.
Wichita police issued a public notice that Harris was being sought in connection with the assault.
Not long after the wanted notice was released to the public, Harris was seen on the streets. The suspect led police on a short car chase as they pursued him after receiving a tip. The chase ended when Harris smashed his car into a fence. He was apprehended after a consequent foot chase.
Harris reportedly entered a plea of not guilty during his first appearance in court as he faced the misdemeanor charge. He could be sentenced to up to a year in prison or probation if convicted.
Along with the sexual battery charge, the suspect was hit with other charges in connection with the car chase and is being held in Sedgwick County Jail in lieu of $71,000 in bonds.
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