Three Georgia Boys Charged With Rape

ACWORTH, Ga. (AP) - Three boys aged eight and nine are being held in a detention center on charges of kidnapping and rape of an 11-year-old girl in the woods near a suburban Atlanta
partment complex.

Acworth police Captain Wayne Dennard says the alleged attack was Thursday and the girl's mother reported it to authorities yesterday. Dennard says the girl claims they were playing outdoors and she was forced into a wooded area where she was sexually assaulted and one of the boys raped her.

Dennard said the three boys, an eight-year-old and two nine-year-olds, were charged with rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment and sexual assault. A hearing was held in juvenile court this afternoon. Their names were being withheld because of their age.

The father of the eight-year-old boy says his son had been falsely accused. He says any sexual activity was consensual, and the girl accused her playmates only after her parents had learned she had sexual relations.

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