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Juvenile on house arrest faces charge in girl's rape



Published: Fri, February 28, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



The county prosecutor says the boy should be tried as an adult.

By PATRICIA MEADE

VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- While on house arrest, Terry A. Gray attacked a 14-year-old girl who was walking past his driveway then raped her in his garage, detectives say.

Cherry Childers and Marty Marsico of the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department investigated the case for the county Children Services Bureau. The girl is in foster care.

In early February, the detectives obtained a DNA sample from Gray. This week, they received confirmation from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation that it matched evidence taken during a rape examination of the girl.

Gray, 17, of Detroit Avenue, was arrested Thursday by Childers at the juvenile justice center, where he's been incarcerated on unrelated cases. He will be formally charged Monday in Mahoning County Juvenile Court, the bailiff said.

Messages left for assistant Mahoning County prosecutors at juvenile court were not returned Friday.

Prosecutor Paul J. Gains said Friday that based on Gray's age and the circumstances he would want the case to go to a grand jury. If indicted, Gray would be tried as an adult.

Criminal history

Gray, who turns 18 Friday, has a history of assault and menacing convictions, as well as for drugs and carrying a concealed weapon.

Aside from the rape, he has five cases pending in juvenile court, two that involve probation violations, records show.

He was on electronically monitored house arrest in November when the alleged rape took place. He's been incarcerated in the juvenile justice center since mid-December.

Victim's account

The girl told Childers and Marsico she was walking home from a friend's house the evening of Nov. 13 when Gray approached her on Detroit Avenue, tried to kiss her and grabbed at her clothes. In the process, he popped the buttons off her shirt.

He told her he was sorry and said he had clothes in the garage and would give her a shirt. It was cold, so the girl went into the garage.

Inside, Gray pulled her pants down, slammed her to the cement floor and pulled down his jogging pants. She saw his electronic ankle bracelet.

She struggled and tried to get away. He dragged her across the floor. She cried and told him that she has asthma and couldn't breathe. He told her he didn't care.

After the rape, he said he would stab and kill her if she ever told anyone what happened.

The girl, at a group meeting the following day, disclosed what happened and was taken to a local hospital for a rape exam.

meade@vindy.




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