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Boys, ages 11 and 12, face sex charges

From Patrick Oppmann
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(CNN) -- Two South Florida boys are charged with the sexual battery of a 10-year-old girl at an elementary school, local sheriff's officials said.

The Broward County, Florida, Sheriff's Office Wednesday said the two boys, ages 11 and 12, are being charged with sexual battery and lewd or lascivious exhibition.

A sheriff's office spokesman said the boys Wednesday pushed the girl into a bathroom at Royal Palm Elementary School in Lauderhill, a community northwest of Fort Lauderdale.

The two boys, whose names were not released because of their ages, allegedly exposed themselves and committed sex acts on her, the spokesman said.

A teacher who learned of the alleged incident contacted police.

The girl was examined at the county's Sexual Assault Treatment Center, which determined evidence of sexual battery.

A juvenile court judge will determine if the boys will be released into their parents' care or if they will remain at a facility for juvenile offenders, said spokesman Jim Leljedal.

The girl is undergoing counseling, he said. The girl said the boys had been harassing her for "several months," according to the sheriff's department.


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