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Teen accused of raping autistic boy, 11

Courtney Astolfi • Dec 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

The boy, 14, of Meigs Street, was charged with one count of rape, a first-degree felony.

When the victim returned home from visiting the teenager’s house at about 7 p.m. Sept. 29, he confided in his mother about the evening’s events, Sandusky police Detective Ken Nixon said.

The boy said he was sexually assaulted inside the teenager’s home and, despite his autism, he knew something wasn’t right about the circumstances, Nixon said.

Officers collected a DNA sample from the 11-year-old that night. They later swabbed the teenager’s cheek for a second sample, sending both to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for comparison.

When officers questioned the teen and his guardian, the teen denied any sexual activity occurred, Nixon said.

Under Ohio law, the sexual assault of anyone younger than 12 is considered a firstdegree felony.

Officers received the DNA test results Monday and found the samples matched. They authorized a rape charge for the teen, arrested him and took him to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center, Nixon said.

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