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3 Girls Assaulted at Swiss School

March 22, 2000

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) _ Three teen-age girls were sexually assaulted at a Swiss private school that Britain’s Princess Beatrice is to attend later this year, police said Wednesday. The school reported an intruder, but said no one was sexually attacked.

The girls _ aged from 15 to 16 and coming from Switzerland, Turkey and Australia _ were attacked Friday morning at the Aiglon boarding school, near Villars in western Switzerland, said Maurice Gehri, spokesman for Vaud canton, or state, police.

The Lausanne daily Le Matin said the girls were sprayed with an anesthetizing gas, and one of them was raped. Gehri said he could not confirm the report.

A statement from the school said that an intruder reportedly entered at about 5:15 a.m. But it said there was ``no proof of sexual attack.″

``The girls claim he was chased away, and that they were not harmed,″ the statement said. ``No sexual abuse or rape has been reported by the hospital which admitted the three girls after the incident occurred.″

Police were trying to identify the composition of the spray the intruder reportedly used on the girls, the statement added.

Princess Beatrice, 11-year-old elder daughter of Prince Andrew and his former wife, Sarah, will begin school at Aiglon in September, the prince said in February.

The international school subscribes to the Kurt Hahn education philosophy, which focuses on practical as well academic work. It has 300 pupils, aged 9 to 18 and coming from about 50 countries.

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