Attack on black teenager investigated in Gray

Posted Nov. 15, 2010, at 11:10 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials in Maine are investigating a report of an assault on a black teenager that the victim’s father says was racially motivated.

Chief Deputy Kevin Joyce of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department said the 17-year-old boy was allegedly attacked early Thursday following a party in Gray.

The boy’s father, Tobias White, told the Portland Press Herald that his son was hospitalized after a group of individuals followed him and a friend to his friend’s house, where they allegedly beat and kicked his son and bit off part of his ear.

White said his son used to attend school in Gray, but now lives in North Carolina and was back visiting.

Joyce says if the investigation shows the assault was racially motivated, it could be prosecuted as a hate crime.