Saturday, March 2, 2013

Gang Members Rape Handicapped Girl At School

Two Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Handicapped Girl At A Chicago High School
Re-printed from a story at WGN Channel 9 on March 2nd 2013
Kory Lindsey and Bernard Strong Chicago Rape
Two arrests are made in the rape of a mentally retarded 16-year-old girl in a Chicago high school.

Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. set bond for at $350,000 each for two Gage Park High School students charged with sexually assaulting a classmate with severe mental disabilities last week at the South Side school.

According to a Chicago police report, the 15-year-old victim was lured on February 20th 2013 into a band room from a school lunch room, where Kory Lindsey, of the 6900 block of South Maplewood Avenue, coerced her to perform a sex act while Bernard Strong, of the 6700 block of South Artesian Avenue, acted as a lookout.

Prosecutors said the girl had resisted Lindsey’s advances.

"The victim indicated to the defendant that she did not want to do this, but [Lindsey] threatened the victim that he would never talk to her again unless she complied," Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Sexton said during the teens' bond hearing.

The 15-year-old student "has the cognitive function of a second-grader," prosecutors went on to say and she knew what was happening in the band room was wrong.

As a teacher and other students entered the band room, Strong yelled out to warn Lindsey, according to court records. Lindsey fled, but Strong hid in a cabinet as an ROTC instructor noticed the girl getting dressed, prosecutors said. The instructor later reported what he saw to school officials.

Gage Park High School, on Chicago's south side, where the alleged rape occurred.

The next day, a school social worker notified the victim’s father, who took her to the hospital, prosecutors said.

Police arrested the two teens after school officials reviewed surveillance and the girl picked both out of a police lineup, prosecutors said.

The two suspects, both 18, were charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault.

In bond court today, criminal defense attorney Jack Wilk said the two suspects are seniors at Gage Park and on the wrestling team.

Strong is a self-admitted member of the Gangster Disciples, police alleged in court records. The next court date for both men was set for March 21st 2013.

A Chicago Public Schools spokesman declined to comment on the sexual assault, citing privacy and confidentiality issues.

Earlier this week, two boys, 15 and 16, were accused of sexually abusing another 16-year-old girl at a washroom in the school at 5630 South Rockwell Avenue.

WGN Channel 9, Gage Park Students Charged With Sexual Assault
Chicago Tribune, Two Gage Park Students Arrested For Rape