Upper Perk Police arrested a 17-year-old East Greenville boy Feb. 14 on charges he repeatedly raped a 7-year-old boy.
According to police, the suspect babysat the victim in an East Greenville home on several occasions in 2012. The rapes reportedly took place at the home while the boy was in the teen’s care. The attacks occurred over a one-year period, police said.
The teen was charged with eight counts each of rape of a child, rape by force, rape by threat of force, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, indecent exposure and indecent assault.
Additional information on the case is not being released by authorities.
The teen was detained at the Montgomery County Juvenile Youth Center in Norristown. He had a detention hearing in front of a judge Monday, at which time the judge ruled there was enough evidence to detain him and hear evidence during a disposition hearing.
Police are not identifying the suspect because he is a juvenile.
Under Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Act, the records of juvenile court proceedings are confidential if the suspect committed the crime while under the age of 18.
Their law enforcement records, including offenses charged and disposition of the case, however, are accessible by the public if the suspect is 14 years of age at the time of the crime and if the crime would be a felony if the suspect was an adult.
In juvenile cases, suspects are charged with delinquent acts and are “adjudicated” delinquent or not delinquent by a judge, instead of being convicted or acquitted of a crime.
If adjudicated delinquent, the teen can be committed to residential placement, group home, or foster care, or return home under court supervision.
The disposition hearing in this case is expected to occur some time next week, authorities said.