May 26, 2018
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Maine teen charged in rape of autistic girl

By Lewiston Sun Journal,

GRAY, Maine — A 15-year-old boy was arrested Friday, accused of raping an 8-year-old autistic girl with whom he lived.

The teenager was charged by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department with gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact. The boy was being held at the Longcreek Youth Development Center in South Portland on Friday night.

According to a news release, the 8-year-old victim suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome.

Sheriff’s investigators did not say where the alleged attack occurred other than to confirm that the teen and the victim lived in the same household. The 15-year-old was described as a family member.

Sheriff’s officials said the sexual assault occurred at about 6 p.m. Thursday. It was not immediately clear how police learned of the attack.

The 15-year-old has a criminal history, police said. He had been recently charged with indecent conduct after an incident in Augusta, according to the news release. No further information about that crime was available Friday night.

Police are still investigating the case and said the teenager could face more charges.

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