A Chicago teen was denied bail after admitting to molesting a girl during a virtual learning class on Thursday.
Catrell Walls, 18, is accused of sexually molesting his 7-year-old cousin during her virtual learning class on Google Meets. Walls was arrested on Saturday after the police were contacted by the girl’s school.
Police say the girl signed into the class around 1:30 p.m. and students were instructed to mute their microphones and turn their cameras off.
But the girl left her computer camera on and put the microphone on mute. Prosecutors say Walls entered the room and ordered the girl to perform a sex act on him.
At least four children observed the indecent act. The teacher was alerted when one child asked, “What’s going on? What’s happening?”
When the teacher saw the the girl engaged in a sex act, she yelled for the other children to log off and told the little girl to turn her camera off.
The teacher then observed Walls pick up the laptop and close it, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The teacher notified the school principal and the school’s chief executive officer, who went to the girl’s home.
The girl told them Walls “just hit her,” prosecutors said. But when the principal spoke to her privately, she told him Walls made her perform oral sex on him and that it had happened before.
“He made me put my lips on (him) and this has happened before, and I don’t want my daddy to know, it’s a secret,” she said, according to Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Andreana Turano.
Police responded to the home and took Walls into custody. The girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital for evaluation.
During police interrogation, Walls broke down and admitted through tears that he sexually assaulted the girl since she was 6.
“I don’t know why. I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” he said.
Walls is a senior in high school and has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which impairs his ability to control his impulses, his attorney said.
Walls is expected back in court on Nov. 21.