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Teen Accused of Attacking 14-Year-Old Girl at Bus Stop in Court

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    Monica Madeja reports on the court appearance of a Massachusetts teen accused of attacking a 14-year-old girl at bus stop last week. (Published Friday, Nov. 18, 2016)

    A Massachusetts teen accused of attacking a 14-year-old girl at bus stop last week walked into court Friday morning as a free man after making bail, but left in handcuffs as he awaits a dangerousness hearing.

    Eighteen-year-old John Allen, a Buzzards Bay High School student, was arrested Thursday afternoon in the assault in Bourne.

    The teen victim told police she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male on Nov. 10 at a school bus stop around 7 a.m.

    The attacker only stopped after a friend of the victim saw the crime in progress and called out her name. The man, who police say is Allen, jumped in a car and drove away.

    Bourne police are leading the investigation into the assault, which happened on Putnam Road. It's the same road where Allen lives, according to investigators.

    Allen faces charges of attempted aggravated kidnapping, strangulation and assault and battery.

    Prosecuters say the eyewitness, a young girl, described clothing that matched Allen and the hair of the victim was found in Allen's car.

    Allen's attorney argued in court that that the eyewitness account of the suspect did not match John Allen and added that the allegations are out of character for the student at Upper Cape Tech and captain of the football team.

    Meanwhile, some parents in the community say the crime has left them shaken and that they've changed habits by walking their children to the bus.

    Bourne police say the case against Allen is ongoing, but there is no indication that other children are at risk.

    Allen's family did not want to speak with the media.

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