By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested four teenagers for sexually abusing another student inside a Union Square school last week.
The three teenage boys were charged with sexual abuse inside the Clinton School at 10 East 15th Street on Tuesday, February 11 at 3:47 p.m. after police said that the boys abused a girl at the school.
According to the victim, four teenage boys, one of whom has not been arrested, coerced her into taking an explicit photo in exchange for a Supreme sweatshirt sometime the previous week. The victim said that she originally agreed to take a photo in exchange for the sweatshirt but the teens later pressured her into saying in a video that she had consented to taking a photo of her buttocks with their faces. The teenage girl said that one of the suspects then grabbed her by the arm and led her to the third floor bathroom, where he took a photo of her.
Police said that the suspects coerced her into taking additional photos on the following Monday, the day before they were arrested, with the three additional suspects in the basement bathroom, this time taking photos of the victim’s breasts and spanking her. Police said that all four of the suspects wrote on the victim’s breasts with markers. The victim was removed to Beth Israel Hospital.
The four teens who were arrested were charged with sexual abuse.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said that three teenagers were arrested in this incident. The victim and the NYPD confirmed that it was actually four boys that were arrested. This story has also been edited to reflect that the victim felt that she had been coerced into taking the photos, rather than bullied.
UPDATE, Feb. 28: Town & Village is working on a follow-up story about the school’s response to this incident and would like to speak with any students and parents who have thoughts or concerns about this situation. Please email editor Maria Rocha-Buschel at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch. Names can be withheld from the story on request.
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