Monday, April 25, 2011

Teen Girl Patient at Psych Ward was Brutally Sodomized

A Bronx teen sought refuge at a facility designed to help patients like her - vulnerable teens battling emotional issues.

But once inside Metropolitan Hospital's child psychiatric ward, the 15-year-old girl was forcibly sodomized by another patient - an 11-year-old boy, authorities said.

The teen's torment has only compounded in recent weeks because she is still in the same unit where she was attacked last month, awaiting a transfer to a state facility.

The troubled girl arrived at the city-run hospital on Manhattan's East Side on Feb. 23. The girl then described the assault in wrenching detail, telling her mother the boy crept into her room the night before while she was sleeping.

He sat on her back and tapped her on her shoulder. The boy then started feeling her breasts, the girl told her mom.

He pulled down her pants and underwear. She tried to resist, but still he sodomized her. "I tried to push him off, but I couldn't," the girl told prosecutors, court documents say. "I told him to stop a lot of times, but he didn't. He told me to shut up."

The boy was arrested March 11 and charged with a criminal sex act. The boy was arraigned March 29 in family court, officials said.

He pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and is awaiting sentencing. He faces up to a year in a juvenile detention center. (Reference)

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