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3 teens accused of sexually assaulting mentally disabled girl in restroom

Sylvanus Lanier, Marco Garcia, and Elijah Willis are shown in booking photos made available by Dallas County Jail. (Dallas County Jail)

CEDAR HILL, Texas – Three teens have been charged with aggravated sexual assault after they were accused of raping a mentally disabled classmate in a restroom at their school.

Charged in the October assault are 19-year-old Sylvanus Lanier and Marco Garcia and Elijah Willis, both of whom are 17. The Dallas Morning News reports police allege the teens alternated as lookouts outside a Cedar Hill High School restroom Oct. 19 while each sexually assaulted the 16-year-old girl, who reported the assault four days later. The suspects were arrested last week.

Lanier and Willis remain in Dallas County jail, while Garcia is free on $100,000 bond.

An Associated Press investigation earlier this year found at least 17,000 reports of sexual assaults by students over a recent four-year period in U.S. elementary and secondary schools.