OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City police are investigating a disturbing sex crime that involves two teens in DHS custody.
Authorities arrested a 17-year-old for the alleged rape of a 13-year-old boy at a group home, where the Department of Human Services placed the teens.
The victim is only 13 years old, but officials said he has the mental capacity of a 6- or 7-year-old boy.
We aren’t naming the suspect, because he’s only 17.
He’s in jail now, after the victim told investigators the sexual assaults had been going on for quite some time.
The 13-year-old victim broke his silence at OU Children’s Hospital.
The boy, undergoing a sexual assault exam, told doctors and police he’d been raped by the 17-year-old many times in the past.
It was going on at a group home for boys who are in state custody on N. Lincoln.
“These two young men share a room there at this home. The 17-year-old apparently forced himself upon the 13-year-old, sexually assaulted him several times,” said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
A DHS spokesperson told us this home is for teen boys who require a high level of support, including juvenile sex offenders.
“We’re very limited in the state of Oklahoma with resources for juveniles in general but definitely specifically juvenile sex offenders,” said criminal defense attorney Megan Simpson.
Simpson said safety is undoubtedly a problem with the juvenile justice system, a program that’s designed to rehabilitate young offenders before they reach adulthood.
“This particular home is really the only option when you have children who have serious issues generally generated by their background and experience that has caused them to become perpetrators,” Simpson said.
DHS would not tell NewsChannel 4 how the boys who live at the home are screened or how they decide who will room together.
However, police know this facility well.
They told us officers have responded nearly once a week just this past month for serious offenses, like assault and rape.
The 13-year-old victim is now in a safe home, we’re told, while police piece together exactly what happened.
“We investigate these and take these crimes very seriously any time someone is sexually assaulted but, when you talk about someone that just got into their teenage years, makes it more egregious,” Knight said.
The 17-year-old is in the Oklahoma County Jail on a $65,000 bond.