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Teens’ alleged sex assault victim is special needs student

The victim of two teen girls’ alleged sexual attack in northwest Indiana on Saturday is a special needs child, police said Tuesday.

Valparaiso Police Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Grennes said he could not disclose the victim’s disability, or other details because all those involved are juveniles and because of the sensitive nature of the alleged crime.

The Valparaiso girls, ages 14 and 16, are accused of luring the 17-year-old boy to their home, in the 350 block of Roseland Terrace, where they allegedly handcuffed him and battered him sexually and with a knife. The attack began Saturday evening and lasted through Sunday morning when they released the boy, according to police.

Prosecutors decided on Monday to keep the girls in juvenile detention while juvenile probation conducts its preliminary inquiry and makes a recommendation on whether or not to charge them as adults. Deputy prosecutor Tim Hariminac said he expects a decision by the end of the week.

Grennes said the boy had marks on his wrists from handcuffs but did not appear hurt otherwise. He was not taken to the hospital because “we don’t have rape kits for guys,” Grennes said.

The 16-year-old suspect is charged with criminal deviate conduct, a class A felony; and sexual battery and criminal confinement, both class B felonies. The 14-year-old is charged with criminal confinement, a class B felony; battery with a deadly weapon and intimidation, both class C felonies.


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