GANG-RAPED, SAYS HS GIRL 4 ATHLETES SUSPENDED AT QUEENS' CHRIST
New York Daily News, January 30, 2003
Four male athletes at a Catholic prep school in Queens were
suspended yesterday after a female student charged they took turns
sexually assaulting her while other boys watched, sources said.
None of the accused students from Christ the King Regional High
School in Maspeth has been charged, but the matter is under
investigation by the Queens district attorney's office, officials
"It's horrible. I can't even explain what she's gone through," the
girl's mother told the Daily News, noting that her daughter was 15
when the assault took place on Halloween at the home of one of the
The girl reported the attack to police last week after a teacher
approached her to discuss rumors about an "incident."
Law enforcement officials said yesterday that investigators had yet
to question the accused students but that at least two of the youths
had hired a lawyer.
The attorney, Sean McNicholas, said his clients "were not targets.
They're witnesses and they're cooperating fully."
The boys who allegedly watched the assault were not suspended,
Principal Michael Lynch and Queens state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R,C-Glendale),
chairman of the school's board of trustees, did not return repeated
calls seeking comment.
But the girl's mother, who agreed to talk to The News in the
presence of her lawyer, Madeline Bryer, said her daughter saw one of
her alleged attackers after the incident and he warned her to remain
"Watch your mouth before I rape you," the boy told the victim, the
The girl's mother stressed that all four students - including
athletes on the basketball, football and baseball teams - forced sex
on her daughter. 'Home-schooled' "These boys are going through their
life like nothing happened," the mother said. "She's seeing help for
her mental state. She's got to be home-schooled while everybody else
goes on with their day-to-day life."
The mother said that on the day of the incident, her daughter was
with a girlfriend at a Kmart in Queens when they met two carloads of
boys from school.
Eventually, the boys pressed both girls to go to a boy's house in
Queens Village, and they agreed because the other girl was
interested in one of the youths, the mother said.
At the house, the boys began serving rum and the victim's friend
went upstairs with one boy, the mother said. Her daughter went to a
basement bedroom, where the attack, which included rape and forced
oral sex, occurred - with as many as six boys watching at one point.
"She's screaming," the mother said. "They just ignore her. She knows
them by name. They finally stop."
Bryer said the boys then drove the girl home and "were telling her
not to say anything. She's saying she was raped, and they're saying,
'You better not say that.' "
Last week, a teacher the girl trusts approached her, and she told
the teacher what had happened.
The teacher told the principal, and the school called the girl's
parents to the office to reveal the accusation.
That night, the girl went to police, the mother said.
At least two of the boys allegedly present during the attack played
basketball Tuesday night in a home game against Brooklyn's Xaverian
High School before the suspensions. Christ the King's basketball
program is ranked No. 16 in the nation.
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