Barrington police: Teen sex assault case faced challenges

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An investigation that led to the arrest of two 14 year-old Barrington boys — each charged with first degree sexual assault — faced a series of logistical challenges, said the police chief, and therefore required a lengthy period of time to complete.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said the state Department of Children Youth and Families contacted his detectives in 2012 regarding the case. It was alleged that a local boy — he was 12 at the time — had forced his younger sister to perform a sexual act on him. It was also alleged that he had his sister do the same thing to one of his friends, who was also 12 years old. The victim was 9 years old when the incidents occurred. Police said the alleged crimes took place in the home of the suspect and his sister.

Once notified by DCYF, police began investigating the claims right away but faced some challenges, said Chief LaCross. He said one of the suspects did not live in town and was not being made available to detectives. The chief said detectives also needed to interview a number of individuals prior to lodging any formal charges.

“You just don’t want to go out and let the case fall through the cracks because you didn’t do your homework,” Chief LaCross said. “You need to do your due diligence to build a strong case.

“We were trying to substantiate the allegations made by the victim.”

In late November, police charged the two boys — each is now 14 years old. One has already appeared in Family Court, although the chief said sentencing information for juvenile cases in the Family Court is not public record.

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