4 EXPELLED TEENS FACE SEX RAPS
New York Daily News, February 19, 2003
Four students expelled from a Catholic high school in Queens for
allegedly forcing a classmate to have sex with them are expected to
surrender to police today, sources told the Daily News.
The four, who attended Christ the King High School, will be charged
with sexual misconduct - a misdemeanor - stemming from a Halloween
incident involving a 15-year-old girl, according to a law
But an attorney for one of the boys called the charge "utter
nonsense," insisting the sex was consensual. "There was no crime
here," said lawyer Steven Gildin, who represents a 17-year-old
football player. "The charges are completely fabricated. This is
Gildin said his client was traumatized by the thought of facing
police and as much as a year behind bars. "He's certainly
maintaining his innocence. He's a good kid, a model kid. Never even
had detention," he added.
The youths were suspended from the Middle Village school in January
after the girl told her story to a teacher. She said the attacks
took place at the home of one of the boys.
Christ the King expelled the four boys this month. State Sen.
Serphin Maltese (R-Queens), chairman of the school's board of
trustees, declined to comment on the case yesterday.
The girl's attorney said she was pleased that prosecutors were
finally taking action. "My client did not consent to the acts that
were perpetrated upon her," said the lawyer, Madeline Bryer. "She's
prepared to testify. This type of conduct cannot go unpunished."
Bryer said the girl was trying to put her life back together. "She's
coping as best she can," the lawyer said. "It's a horrific
Consent may not even be an issue, according to a law enforcement
source, who noted that a 15-year-old cannot legally give her consent
to have sex.
Since leaving the school, the four boys have attended different
public schools in Queens.
Gildin said his client was a college-bound senior with "excellent
grades" and is now attending Van Buren High School in Queens
Village. "These boys aren't thugs by any stretch of the
imagination," he said. "Quite the contrary, they are scholar-
athletes who have never been in trouble before and did nothing wrong
in this instance either."
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