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Prosecutors: Boys as Young as 7 Took Turns Raping 10-Year-Old Girl

June 20, 1991

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) _ Three boys as young as 7 took turns raping a 10-year-old girl after luring her to one of their houses, prosecutors said.

″Sometimes we just shake our heads in disbelief and wonderment,″ said State’s Attorney Larry Fichter. ″We need to find out where they learned that behavior if we’re going to change it.″

The oldest of the boys, a 12-year-old, pleaded guilty Wednesday to rape and was led away to juvenile hall in handcuffs. He could get up to a month in juvenile hall at sentencing June 27.

Prosecutors said they also plan to bring charges against the other boys, both 7, but that they are too young to receive any time in juvenile hall.

The 12-year-old answered quietly, ″Yes sir,″ when Judge Paul M. Francis asked him if he was guilty of rape.

Police said he and the others attacked the girl May 30 after luring her to one of their houses while no one else was home.

Prosecutor Susan Moorehead said witnesses saw the 12-year-old pull down the girl’s pants and have sexual intercourse with her ″while she was yelling and screaming and hitting at the other children.″

Police said each boy took turns raping the girl while the others restrained her.

Two boys who came by the house saw the attack and notified one of their aunts, who went over and broke it up, prosecutors said. The next day one of the boys told a school counselor, who called police.

The judge rejected a defense request that the boy be released to his parents. Moorehead had objected, noting the seriousness of the crime and adding that the boy’s parents did not immediately turn their son over to authorities.

The boy had testified that when he told his mother about the rape she asked him if he wanted to go to the police and he said no. He said she also kept him out of school after the attack.

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