LEONARDTOWN — A St. Mary’s County judge has sentenced a 15-year-old girl to a maximum of six years in a juvenile detention center for assaulting a boy with diminished mental capacity.
The Washington Post reports that the judge on Thursday rejected a request to avoid jail from the girl who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and displaying an obscene photograph of a boy. Judge Michael Stamm called the abuse “horrific” and said she poses a danger to the community.
Authorities say she and a 17-year-old girl charged as an adult coerced the boy into sexual acts and made video recordings of the abuse. Police say the boy’s parents tell investigators the boy is autistic. The older girl is undergoing psychological examinations before a hearing on transferring her case to juvenile court.