2000-06-24 / Front Page

7 Boys Arrested For Sexual Abuse

By Joan Ward George

7 Boys Arrested
For Sexual Abuse

Seven M.S. 180 male students were arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually abusing a 12 year old female fellow student.

According to a NYPD spokesperson, at approximately 9:45 a.m., a 12 year old black student of M.S. 180 alleges that she was touched inappropriately by a group of boys in the playground area adjacent to the school. According to police, after the young girl reported the incident to the school authorities she refused medical attention.

To clarify the sketchy details surrounding this incident, The Wave contacted District 27 with the hopes of finding out the actual allegations in the case from Superintendent Matthew Bromme or his assistant Martin Weinstein, who have always dealt openly with this newspaper. We were somewhat shocked to hear that neither one would get on the phone with us. We were told to "deal" with the Internal Affairs Division of the NYC Board of Education.

Ms. Marge Feinberg, spokesperson for Internal Affairs Division of the Board of Education, told The Wave Wednesday that the district has moved to suspend the boys, and that they have launched a major "in house" investigation into the allegations of the young victim. Feinberg’s time on the incident is 10:30 a.m., some 45 minutes off from the official police report, although a more reasonable time for a school recess. When asked pointed questions about the incident, such as the nature of the allegations, Feinberg told The Wave that she had "no idea about the details." She basically asked this paper to back-off, and give them time to do a proper investigation of the events that occurred at M.S. 180 early Tuesday morning.

The seven boys, ranging in age from 12 to 13, were charged with sexual abuse and they have been released to their parents until a hearing is held on the case. The investigation is ongoing with the NYPD’s Special Victim’s Unit.

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