2 boys suspended, to be charged with indecency in incident at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Two 15-year-old boys have been suspended from Youngstown Early College for being involved in what was described as a sex act in the Youngstown State University library.

YEC, a joint program by the Youngstown city schools and YSU, is located on the university’s campus and has about 245 students in grades nine through 12 taking both high school and college courses.

A YSU police report said library personnel saw the two boys naked and engaged in what they believed to be a sexual act on the sixth floor of Maag Library around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The report said the first library employee to spot the boys advised them to stop their behavior but they ignored him. The employee alerted other library personnel, and campus police were called, the report said.

The boys were fully clothed when police arrived. They were taken to the campus police station and later released to their parents, the report said.

Police said both boys will be charged in juvenile court with public indecency. The paperwork already has been filed in the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center, police said Thursday.

Any school disciplinary action they face will be administered by the Youngstown city schools, police said.

“Obviously, this is unacceptable,” said YSU spokesman Ron Cole, adding that the university will rely on the city school district to handle the matter appropriately.

This behavior isn’t representative of the YEC student body and should not reflect badly on what is a good program, Cole added.

M. Mike McNair, a spokesman for the school district, said the boys have been suspended from school pending an investigation by the district. They face the possibility of expulsion, he added.