Refugee Boys Plead Guilty to Sexual Assault of 5 Year Old
Twin Falls, Idaho – The three refugee boys 7, 10, and 14, who assaulted a 5 year old girl last June plead guilty to felonies on Tuesday. One was from Iraq, two from Eritrea. Two of them were charged after the incident, the other later. As usual in breaking news stories, some of the original details were not correct.
The young boys sexually assaulted the girl on June 2, 2016. One of the boys videoed the assault on his cell phone. No knife was involved in the incident, as initial reports stated. The incident touched off a firestorm in the town of Twin Falls, and created extreme anger toward refugees.
“I am pleased that we were able to resolve this case in a way that was approved and agreed to by the victim’s family,. This continues to be a serious and sad case, but it was resolved properly.” Grant Loebs, Twin Falls County Prosecutor
“We agreed to the plea bargains. That by no means implies my clients were, or are, fully satisfied with the outcome of these cases or the prosecuting attorney. After 10 months their right to some form of justice was long overdue. … They were prepared to testify at a trial or enter into to plea agreements months ago. More importantly, no convictions or mere words in statements could ever mitigate the unrelenting trauma and grief their little daughter now suffers as a result of this vicious sexual assault.” Mark Guerry, attorney for the victim and her family
Twin Falls News reported,
“Prosecutors said one of the boys touched the girl in the laundry facilities of Fawnbrook, a low-income housing complex in Twin Falls, while another boy recorded the assault on a cellphone video camera.
One boy pleaded guilty to felony exploitation of a child and misdemeanor battery. A second boy pleaded guilty of aiding and abetting felony lewd conduct and aiding and abetting misdemonear battery. The third boy pleaded guilty to a charge of accessory to the commission of a felony.
The boys will be sentenced at a later date. Loebs declined to say what the possible sentences are in the case.”
The case has been sealed by the court due to the minors involved.
The College of Southern Idaho’s Refugee Center has begun a program to educate young refugee boys that this kind of behavior is not welcome in the United States.