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Children arrested for rape of mentally handicapped girl in France’s south

Published on August 26, 2004

SAINT-ETIENNE, France, Aug 26 (AFP) - Four children were arrested in this southern French town for the rape of a 16-year-old mentally handicapped girl who was assaulted in a garden shed and a cellar, the local state prosecutor said Thursday.

The four, aged from eight to 14, knew the victim and allegedly molested her late last week, the prosecutor, Jean-Luc Jaillet, said.

The mother of the 16-year-old lodged a criminal complaint at the weekend, he said.

The older three of the four children have been put under criminal investigation for aggravated rape of a vulnerable person, while the youngest was being investigated for sexual assault. The step is one step short of formal charges being laid.

© AFP

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