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BOARDMAN Police probe girl's rape



Published: Thu, August 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



No arrests have been made.

BOARDMAN -- Police are investigating a report of a rape last week of a 12-year-old Youngstown girl that took place behind bushes along Market Street in the township late in the evening.

The girl is a resident at a Mahoning County Children Services group home for girls on the city's South Side. Police say she had run away from the group home several days before the assault took place.

Juvenile officer Rick Balog said police are looking to question all individuals -- three juveniles and one adult -- said to have been in the area when the assault took place. No arrests have been made and no warrants for arrests have been issued.

Police reports say the 12-year-old girl was out walking with a 16-year-old girl sometime after 10 p.m. last Thursday when the pair ran into three males -- two 16-year-olds and an adult for whom police do not have an exact age. The 16-year-old girl is believed to have been acquainted with the boys but not the adult, the report continues.

Dragged across street

Police say that after a short conversation the adult asked the 12-year-old girl for a kiss to which she agreed. The adult male, police say, then pulled the girl across the street to a set of bushes where nonconsensual sex acts took place.

Balog said whether the acts were consensual or not is irrelevant. The girl's age, he said, makes the act completely unacceptable.

"This is a very small girl. I don't see any way he could have taken her to be an adult," said Balog. "Being that he is an adult and she is under 13 makes this a much more sensitive issue for police."

The girl turns 13 on Sunday. Police have not said what the other three juveniles were doing while the alleged assault took place.




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