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Via FOX4 KC
Two teens are being held in juvenile detention after a hearing took place Friday morning, stemming from charges of rape and sodomy which were filed against them.
A 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl have been charged with one count of rape and one count of sodomy. Those charges were filed against them on Wednesday April 2 by the Juvenile Officer of Jackson County, after allegations they were involved in the rape of a fellow classmate.
A 14-year-old autistic girl said she was raped on multiple occasions in the past month at Southwest Early College Campus. The girl was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital on Wednesday after telling her parents that she was experiencing pain in her vagina and had been raped at school.
The victim said that the 14-year-old is in the eighth grade and forced her into the sexual acts. The 13-year-old female would reportedly serve as a lookout in the hallway while the boy committed the sexual acts.
The victim said that she was forced to perform both oral sex and have vaginal intercourse with the boy according to a police report. She said she recognized the boy from school, but did not know his name. The report states the victim said she was punched in the chest and arms if she refused the boy’s demands until she gave in.
She said the rapes would happen at about the same time of day in a room on the second floor of the school in an area that is out of view from security cameras.
The 14-year-old victim said the most recent incident happened on Tuesday and had not reported the previous incidents because she was afraid her dad would take matters into his own hands and get in trouble, according to the report. The victim’s mother said that because the victim is autistic, she doesn’t fully comprehend or communicate the same way that other kids her age do.
Because the victim and the accused are all juveniles, none of them will be identified.
The 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl’s next hearing will be a pretrial conference, which is scheduled to take place April 16 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 14 at the Family Justice Center.
Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green said that the principal and five other staff members at Southwest ECC have been placed on leave pending an investigation to see if they will ultimately be fired.
“I’m very concerned that there was a breakdown personnel wise and that’s what you’re seeing take place,” he said. “I want to make it very clear that we take this situation very, very seriously.”
This is the second time in less than a year that a sexual assault has been reported at the school. There was another case at the Southwest Early College Campus in August 2013, where a 17-year-old female student told investigators a 14-year-old and 15-year-old student dragged her into a room and raped her. The district promised then to make changes to campus security and to retrain staff.