Jul 16 2011

I can’t find words.

Their aren’t words to express how I feel about
a parent not teaching their child(S) better.

A 12-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly raping two 8-year-old boys from his Shelby Farms-area neighborhood. He was charged with two counts of rape of a child.

Reportedly, a third 8-year-old boy came forward with a similar claim on Friday, a day after the 12-year-old’s arrest, though additional charges have not been filed.

The grandmother of one victim said the the incident occurred in late May, shortly after school recessed for summer break. The boys were swimming with the 12-year-old in his backyard pool when he allegedly raped them and threatened to kill them and their families if they told anyone.

Three weeks later, the boys told a friend’s older brother. He then told the victims’ families.

Since then, a bustling neighborhood where children spent their days playing together outside has become much quieter, the grandmother said.

“There were kids out everywhere, all the time,” she said. “But for the past month, I kid you not, there hasn’t been a kid outside playing.”

The boy is the second juvenile to be charged with rape of a child in the Memphis area in less than two months. In May, a 12-year-old Germantown boy was accused of raping a 9-year-old boy from his neighborhood in a nearby woods.

He pleaded “no contest” to the charges in June and was ordered to attend counseling by Shelby County Juvenile Court.

About 100 juveniles were charged with a sex crime in Shelby County in 2010, perhaps the most notable involving Memphis’ youngest known rapists, a 7-year-old and 9-year-old boy.

In August, the two were accused of using an object to rape a 2-year-old neighbor.

In April, after receiving specialized treatment in state custody, the younger boy was released to his parents while the 9-year-old was ordered to undergo further treatment.

The age of the offenders keeps them from being listed on Tennessee’s recently established juvenile sex offender registry.

Offenders age 14-18 who have been convicted of rape, rape of a child, aggravated rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery or attempt of any of the aforementioned offenses are placed on the private registry, which is only available to law enforcement and court officials.

a few questions

  • What the hell are parent’s teaching their kids these days? are they teaching them that rape’s a good thing?
  • Why were the parents not supervising their children swimming?
  • To be honest with you, I’d have charged this kid as an adult and made an example out of him.

I’m thoroughly disgusted.

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