LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Two St. Mary’s County teenagers have been arrested after police say they abused a disabled boy.

According to a St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office investigation, two girls, ages 17 and 15, coerced a 16-year-old with “diminished mental capacity” to perform sexual acts, kicked him in the groin, dragged him around by his hair, assaulted him with a knife and compelled him to walk onto a partially frozen pond which caused him to fall through the ice.

Detectives reviewed videos from the girls’ cell phones on March 10, and then interviewed them about the content of the recordings. Both suspects acknowledged recording the incidents, police say.

Lauren A. Bush, age 17, of Mechanicsville, has been charged as an adult with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of second degree assault, soliciting a subject in the production of child pornography and false imprisonment.

She is being held in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.

The second suspect, a 15-year-old female, faces the same charges but is being detained at Waxter’s Children’s Center pending further action by juvenile justice authorities.

Chopticon High School Principal Garth E. Bowling sent out a letter to parents on March 12. It reads:

Parent, Guardians, and Community Members,

I have been informed by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department of a serious community offense involving individuals who are students. This is not a school related incident, and we are providing assistance to law enforcement authorities as
they are continuing their investigation.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department.


Garth E. Bowling


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