Three boys, two aged 8, and a 9 year old are being held in a detention center today charged with the rape and kidnapping of an 11 year old girl. The event supposedly occurred last Thursday near an urban apartment complex. However according to AP reports it was not reported to police until Sunday morning.

Because of the ages of the children their names are being withheld, however in a move that I for one can not fathom out the father of one of the children, Brandon LeBlanc has gone public with a statement. In which he says “The sexual activity was consensual, and the girl accused her playmates only after her parents had learned she had sex”.

This has to be one of the most shocking news stories in a while. Acworth police chief, Mike Wilkie said that one of the boys is also accused of threatening to hit the girl with a rock shortly before the rape occurred.

There are many elements to this story that do not add up, the biggest being the time lag between the rape and the girl reporting it. There may well be some credibility in Brandon LeBlanc’s statement. However, even if the girl was a willing partner, there is still the issue of the ages of the people involved.

Simon Barrett

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