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Boys Plead Guilty to Sex Charges

November 19, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Four boys charged with molesting a 7-year-old girl pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges of rape and abduction.

The boys, ages 8 to 11, pleaded guilty Wednesday in juvenile court to gross sexual imposition. They also apologized for hurting the girl.

Assistant prosecutor Karen Falter said the boys lured the girl into the woods on Aug. 12, forced her to the ground, removed her pants and touched her.

Juvenile Court Magistrate Sara Schoettmer said she probably would sentence the four to probation and a treatment program when they return next month for another hearing.

The boys’ names were not released.

The mother of the girl was unhappy with the plea bargain. She said she had to move and take her daughter out of school because the boys’ friends harassed her.

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