11-year-old Hartford boy: I was assaulted at sleepover

By Ed Runyan



Personnel at two hospitals examined an 11-year-old Hartford Township boy Saturday after he told his mother that another 11-year-old at a sleep- over sexually assaulted him.

The boy told investigators with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s office that when he woke up at 3 a.m. Saturday, several boys were holding him down, and one of them victimized him with an unknown object.

The boy said he got away, and the other boys “ran away laughing.”

About half a dozen boys attended the sleepover at a house on state Route 7 in Vernon Township, the sheriff’s office said. The boys go to school together at Joseph Badger Elementary School.

The boy said he stayed away from the other boys until his mother came to pick him up at 12:30 p.m.

The boy’s mother said he told her what happened after she saw permanent marker on his face, arms, leg and back and asked about it.

She also discovered writing on his lower back, pointing to his privates, saying “xxx in here.”

She took the boy to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital after the boy said his private area “was hurting,” police said.

A nurse at TMH told investigators they were “sending” the boy to Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman for further examination. The sheriff’s department asked the boy’s mother to have the hospital make use of a sexual-assault kit during its evaluation.

Trumbull County Children Services also was contacted and has begun an investigation, Sheriff Thomas Altiere said. Several detectives continued the investigation Sunday and Monday.

“We’re still investigating. It’s very sad,” Altiere said. “We’re doing our due diligence,” he said of the investigation. “We want it done right.”

Altiere said no explanation has been gathered so far in the case. “Kids should not act like that. Period,” he said. “They’re 11 years old, but they shouldn’t do things like that.”

Altiere said the filing of criminal charges against the boys is possible.

“We will gather the evidence and turn it over to the prosecutors and let it fall where it may,” he said.

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