Clyde police report details rape charges

CLYDE Details continue to emerge after four 14-year-old boys were charged in the rape of a classmate
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

 

CLYDE

Details continue to emerge after four 14-year-old boys were charged in the rape of a classmate.

One boy was charged with one felony count each of rape and kidnapping, while the other three were charged with one felony count each of complicity to commit rape and kidnapping, Clyde police Det. Sgt. Mark Roach said.

"I'd like to say stuff like this surprises me," Roach said, calling the incident particularly saddening. "Anymore nothing surprises or shocks me. Just about time you've seen it all, something else comes along."

The boys could serve a minimum of one year to age 21 in the Ohio Department of Youth Services and pay $1,200-$1,500 in fines, said Juvenile Court Judge Brad Culbert. Another option for the boys could be five to 12 months at the Northern Ohio Juvenile Community Corrections Facility in Sandusky, where they would receive sex offender treatment.

One boy's pretrial hearing is set for 11 a.m. Friday, and the other three will have their pretrials at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Monday.

The boys, all of Clyde, were arrested Thursday while attending class at McPherson Middle School in Clyde. The boys are being held at the Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police report

According to the Clyde police report, the incident took place this way:

A 12-year-old girl and her friend went to the younger girl’s Spring Street home Jan. 15 following an after-school activity.

The 12-year-old’s older brother and three of his friends were at the home. The group of six talked for a while and then started horsing around and wrestling.

Then the horseplay turned to pure terror for the 14-year-old girl.

According to the report, her friend’s brother sat on her legs while another pinned her arms above her head on the armrest of the couch. He then fondled her breasts and raped her. Another boy admitted to inappropriately touching her. The girl screamed repeatedly for them to stop.

One of the boys told police the girl was held down for about 15-25 minutes with one boy admitting the girl said “Stop” about 20 times, “Do not do that” 10 times and “Get off” two times.

At one point during the approximately 25-minute assault, the girl tried to call her mother, but the boy grabbed her cell phone, threw it across the room and again pinned her on the couch with the help of one of his friends.

The other two boys had thrown a blanket over the 12-year-old sister — who had tried to push her brother off her friend — and restrained her during her friend’s assault.

One of the boys later told police the accused rapist was “just trying to have a little fun.”

When questioned separately by police, all four boys told the same story. One said that when looking back on the events, it was not right.

When police questioned the 12-year-old, she at first claimed that the other girl made up the incident, but later changed her story to reflect the other accounts.

The 12-year-old girl said she did not see what happened because the blanket was over her head.

Previous problems

Two of the four boys face other criminal charges after they broke into Green Springs Elementary School on July 23, Green Springs police Chief Charles Horne III said.

The two boys, including the accused rapist, were arrested for criminal trespassing and breaking and entering, police reports show.

The school did not have significant damage, but several items including playground equipment were missing, said Laura Kagy, principal of Green Springs Elementary.

Courts records on the case were not available since juvenile records are confidential, but the case is still active in the Sandusky County Juvenile Court.

Reactions

McPherson principal Jon Detwiler said the boys will not face disciplinary action since the incident happened off school grounds.

He would not say whether the boys had any previous problems at the school.

Superintendent Todd Helms said he was not aware of the incident until after the arrest. He said the school is doing everything it can for the students.

“The alleged victims are a huge concern of ours,” Helms said. “Anything we can do to make it more tolerable — that’s our goal.”

Helms said counseling services will be available for the girls along with any other student.

The mothers of two boys declined to comment, and family members of the other two boys could not be reached for comment Tuesday.