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Teens Sexually Assaulted at Catonsville High School

Two 13-year-old girls dragged into wooded area and assaulted on Oct. 20 by acquaintances who exposed themselves.

Two 13-year-old girls were sexually assaulted on Oct. 20 after a football game at Catonsville High School, according to police.

The victims, the identities of whom have not been released, met up with an acquaintance described as a classmate of one of the girls, according to police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathleen Batton.

Batton said that the victims did not attend Catonsville High School. The school affiliation of the suspects, if any, is unknown, she said.

At around 9:30 p.m., the victims met the acquaintance near the athletic field concession stand, who was joined by three other male suspects, Batton said.

The suspects tried to persuade the victims to accompany them into a nearby wooded area, according to police.

When the girls refused to go along with the suspects, they were dragged into the wooded area, Batton said.

The suspects touched the victims inappropriately and exposed themselves to the victims, according to police.

The victims managed to escape and ran to the nearby home of one of the victim's relatives, Batton said.

"The incident remains under investigation," Batton said.

Detectives are working to identify the suspects, some of whom are unknown or known only by nickname.

Bruce Goldfarb October 25, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I would welcome the opportunity to meet with the journalism students at Catonsville High School and talk about the news and this story.
Aparna October 25, 2012 at 02:18 AM
@Bruce Goldfrab Hopefully that can be arranged. It would be very interesting and thought provoking, sir.
MarylandMama October 25, 2012 at 03:19 AM
cb150: I *did* read the article yesterday but did not have time to comment until tonight. Although I cited the headline as currently written, I stand by my comments. Journalism students, of all people, need to go beyond a quick reading before drawing conclusions. As a Catonsville resident and mother of a 14-yr old, I was more bothered by responses to the article. Young women were hurt, which in itself isn't a negative reflection on CHS. The fact that the CHS student outcry was directed at perceived negative publicity, with no sign of concern for the victims, *does* reflect on the CHS community, and I find it deeply disturbing. CHS does not exist in a vacuum; it is part of the larger community, and if our community is not safe for others, then no CHS student is safe either.
Tracee October 26, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I would disagree with you about the article being misleading and bias...it only states the facts that two 13 year old girls were sexually assaulted @ CHS after a football game. It doesn't state the girls went to CHS, nor does it state that the football game was CHS. In case anyone doesn't know, the Catonsville Stars rec football program uses CHS's fields for their Saturday games and I know for fact, that particular Saturday was a "home" game day for them. One could conclude then, that these girls were only there watching some of their friends play football. The article does not state the assault happened inside the school, but unfortunately, the grounds and woods surrounding the school are part of CHS, so again, not misleading or bias. I would encourage you as students to gather your facts before jumping to the conclusion that The Patch is dragging your school through the mud.
Tracee October 26, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Well said Maryland Mama and I agree 100%. My 13 year old has hung out with friends on a Saturday to watch rec football games @ CHS. So, it is more disturbing to me to hear this has happened, then nit picking the article for bias and misleading information. Why are we more concerned about the "reputation" of CHS, then what happened to these girls.

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