A 10-year-old elementary school girl in West Palm Beach, Florida, finally revealed the horrific secret she had been keeping for months when she slipped a note to a faculty member at her school.
It all began when two boys, ages 10 and 12, were playing in the yard with the girl, and then allegedly asked her to have sex. The girl said when she refused, the situation escalated.
According to WPTV, the girl claimed the boys threatened her: “They said if I didn’t let them, they would beat me up.” It even got to the point where the boys threatened to “shoot up her house” if she told anyone about what happened.
None of the children involved were named in reports, in order to protect their privacy and safety. While the 10-year-old denied threatening the girl, he did admit to sexually assaulting her with the 12-year-old, according to police. He also claims the 12-year-old sexually assaulted her again a second time.
Both boys were charged with sexual battery and are being prosecuted in juvenile court. The 12-year old had two prior arrests, but went through a program so that those charges would not stay on his criminal record.
The two boys were wearing ankle monitors after their release from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s juvenile detention facility.
In court, the Assistant State Attorney Cheo Reid described the sexual assault of the girl as “a very serious case.”