Four US teenage school pupils are accused of raping a mentally disabled girl at their school in Miami.
Kenoldo Alexis, 17, Derek D’Angelo Bynum, 18, Steven Akeem Joseph, 15, and David Lombard, 17, have all been charged with sexual battery on an individual with mental disabilities, the Miami Herald reports.
Details surrounding the incident, which is believed to have occurred at North Miami Senior High in January of this year, only came to light after the Herald newspaper investigated.
According to court documents seen by the Herald, the boys took the mentally disabled girl into a cupboard and “forced her to perform oral, anal and vaginal sex acts.”
Court records indicate that while Mr Lombard and Mr Bynum have pleaded not guilty, the other two boys have not yet entered pleas.
Matthew Ladd, a lawyer representing Mr Lombard, stressed that the “discovery process” was on-going. He told the Herald: “We’re trying to get to the bottom of what, if anything, happened – and all the clients remain and are presumed innocent”.
The girl was allowed to walk around the school independently.
Mr Bynun claimed to police he was unaware the girl was disabled, according to court documents, but initially admitted forcing her to perform oral sex before “telling the victim to stop because she did a terrible job.”
The teenager has been expelled from North Miami for “sexual harassment,” according to the school district. He and the other three boys were sent to different schools.
“While we struggle to understand the senseless depravity of this isolated but disturbing student incident, we commend the deliberate and swift actions of Miami-Dade Schools Police in apprehending the alleged perpetrators,” the school district said in a statement.
Mr Lombard will reportedly attend court on 13 July, with the other three teenagers involved in the case awaiting dates amid on-going hearings and subpoenas.