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Four at Virginia church camp charged with sexual abuse

GAINESVILLE Two counselors and two campers at a church-run summer camp were due in court today on charges of sexual abuse.

Prince William County police said the incidents occurred during the week of July 18 at the Northern Virginia Baptist Center. Investigators say what started out as roughhousing and horseplay between male counselors and male campers escalated into sexual assaults.

"One of the kids from the camp ... told his parents" after leaving the camp, said Officer Dennis Mangan, a police spokesman.

Investigators believe a 17-year-old counselor, a 15-year-old counselor and two 12-year-old campers assaulted three campers while others watched. The victims are 10, 11 and 12. A 7-year-old camper told investigators he was locked in a room when he tried to run for help.

The four suspects are being held in a juvenile detention center.

The 17-year-old was charged with three counts of object sexual penetration and two counts of assault and battery. The 15-year-old was charged with object sexual penetration, abduction and two counts of assault and battery.

One 12-year-old was charged with four counts of object sexual penetration and two counts of assault and battery. The other was charged with three counts of object sexual penetration and one of attempted object sexual penetration.

Source: Pilotonline.com

 
 

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