Teen Accused of Exposure Also Faces District Consequences

MEXICO, NY – A student who was accused of hitting a female student in the face with his penis on a Mexico school bus is facing consequences from both the school district and the justice system.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office reported that the 16-year-old male who resides in the town of Mexico committed the act Friday after asking the victim if she had ever had a “mushroom stamp.”

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd said the department cannot release the student’s name, nor could he discuss the case with any more detail.

“I can’t say much else without releasing information that is confidential,” Todd said Monday.

Mexico Superintendent Nelson K. Bauersfeld said that the incident is alleged to have taken place during the morning bus run Friday. Bauersfeld said that the complaint came to the district and said the district contacted police.

The teen was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor; and third-degree sexual abuse and public lewdness, both class-B misdemeanors. He was released on appearance tickets and is scheduled to answer the charges before Mexico Town Court Oct. 7.

“The student has been suspended for four or five days,” Bauersfeld said. “We are also scheduling a superintendent’s hearing to decide if additional consequences are necessary.”

While the incident took place in the presence of others, Bauersfeld said he is unsure how many students were witness to the offense.

High school busses in Mexico transport both high school and middle school students. Bauersfeld noted that both the victim and the student accused of exposing himself are students at the high school.

Bauersfeld would not speculate what the potential consequences would be for the student through the superintendent’s hearing process.

“The most a superintendent can do is a two-year suspension for something involving a weapon,” he said. “I don’t know what will happen in this case.”