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Police: Teen Raped Girl With Special Needs At School

Last updated on Friday, May 18, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A North Central High School student has been charged with raping a girl with special needs in an empty classroom during school.

An 18-year-old male student is charged with rape, two counts of criminal deviate conduct, sexual battery and criminal confinement.

The girl, who family members said has the mental capacity of a second-grader, told a teacher April 9 that the boy had pushed her into a classroom and forced her to perform sex acts and to have sexual intercourse.

The girl told police that the boy told her he would kill her if she told anyone.

When police questioned the boy, he admitted to raping the girl, investigators said.

"I should have stopped because it wasn't right," the boy said, according to the probable cause affidavit. "It wasn't right because she kept saying no over and over again."

The boy, who school officials said is learning disabled, told police he and the girl had dated but that they had never had sex before.

Police said school surveillance video showed the boy grabbing the girl by the arm and backpack and forcing her into the classroom as she tried to pull away.

Deputy Prosecutor Cindy Oetjen said that several factors surrounding the investigation would have to be taken into consideration.

"It's clearly difficult when you have people with special needs. Extra attention needs to be given to both parties. And both parties including the prosecution and the defense need to see that he and she are treated properly," Oetjen said.

Washington Township Schools released a statement on the investigation Thursday afternoon.

"MSD of Washington Township continually engages in careful supervision to protect all students who attend the school. The school district always fully cooperates with the legal authorities," part of the statement read. "The Federal Right to Privacy Act prohibits MSD Washington Township from making any comments to the media about a specific student situation."

The name of the boy is not being used because of questions about his mental capacity.

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