Behavior: Teenagers And Sex Crimes

A New Jersey assault dramatizes the rise in offenses by youths

The horrible story had circulated in the halls of Glen Ridge (N.J.) High School for months. Last week the scandal broke into the open when police arrested five teenagers and charged them with sexually attacking a mentally impaired 17-year-old girl. According to investigators, the girl was invited to the home of two of the youths on March 1, where she was forced by the five suspects to perform sexual acts and violated with a broomstick and miniature baseball bat while eight other young men watched.

The crime has convulsed Glen Ridge, a well-off community of 7,700 that likes to think of...

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