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11-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Rape

October 19, 1999

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ An 11-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to participating in the gang rape of an 8-year-old girl in an abandoned house.

The boy pleaded guilty Monday in juvenile court to second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He could be sent to a juvenile institution until he turns 19.

Two other boys, ages 10 and 13, have also been charged in the gang rape. They are awaiting competency hearings next month.

``We are glad that at least one aspect of the case was resolved without having to go to trial,″ said Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner.

Authorities say seven boys were involved in the September attack. Four of them are younger than 10, including the girl’s 9-year-old brother, who is accused of luring the girl into the house, raping her and encouraging the others to participate.

Under Minnesota law, those four boys are too young to be held legally responsible for criminal acts.

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