Rouge Valley YMCA where one teen and two tweens allegedly assaulted girl. Photo via rvymca.org.
According to police, a 14-year-old and two 10-year-old boys of Medford, Ore. allegedly forced a 14-year-old victim to the ground, and covered her mouth at the Rogue Valley YMCA on Monday around 4:30 in the afternoon.
A Southern Oregon mother interrupted the assault of said 14-year-old girl. Many are wondering how this assault could happen with proper supervision while further suggesting security cameras to prevent future assaults. Apparently, YMCA does have a security camera pointing to the very area where police say the assault happened. But this raises a different issue, why didn’t staff see the 40-minute assault on a monitor at the front desk?
Brad Russell, Executive Director at YMCA explained, “There’s also a fire alarm nearby that entrance that wasn’t pulled, so we just, we do have alarms back there but those weren’t alerted.”
Russell also said the camera is only a live-feed and does not record video. But, after this incident more cameras as well as mirrors may be installed with more staff working.
Russell couldn’t confirm why the minors were there. He said they weren’t part of the after school program.
Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau says one of the suspects threatened the victim, by claiming that he had a knife, which was never recovered:
“Between the three of them, they were able to physically restrain her and hold her down as they committed a sexual assault on her person.”
The 14-year-old boy involved is being held at the Jackson County Justice Juvenile Detention Center on two counts of sexual abuse 1, strangulation, and assault 3. The 10-year-old boys were cited for two counts of sex Abuse 1 and assault 3 but were released to their parents.
Although the younger boys were cited, Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau says, “Ten-year-olds are below that age that the courts have actually deemed them as having a criminal mind.”
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