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



Published: Wed, May 9, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

VERNON

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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1janmarsolhoh(10 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Here we go.....immediately blame the school! Has it ever occurred to you that the lack of proper parenting might be to blame??

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2Iwannamove(61 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I agree janmarsolhoh. Where were the parents that were holding this sleepover? Too many parents do not pay attention or care what there kids do.... I am so sick of people popping kids out and wanting them out of there hair...Why have them? Makes me sick I hope they punish these boys and the parents.

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3hmm(184 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

All I know is that if that was my kid the phone would have been ringing off the hook at 3 am and 1 second .... As for the parents they probably either sleeping. Or just getting home from the hootennany at the local bar in Vernon ..... At 3 am...... There's. 3 accounts to an incident.being investigated ...victim , perps ,and factual . I hope the factual and victims are the same and the delinquents pay for what was done, but right now I don't think the victim has told everything

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4NoBS(2012 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

What a vague and uninformative story. YESTERDAY's Warren Tribune covered it better:

http://www.tribtoday.com/page/content...

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5hmm(184 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Tribs article is much better. Answers some questions .....

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6excel(329 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This is not normal human behavior by any means. I would file charges against the kids involved and the family hosting the sleepover.

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7UsuallyBlunt(105 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

It's far enough in the country for them to be familiar with sheep...leave the little boys alone, Vernonites!

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