Teens to be tried as juveniles in conference rape case

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2003

SEATTLE (AP) Three teenage boys will be tried as juveniles on charges that they raped three girls from Alaska at a Christian youth conference, a judge in Seattle has decided.

The case stems from complaints by the girls during a conference in July at Trinity Lutheran college in Issaquah, a suburb east of Seattle.

A 17-year-old boy pleaded innocent Monday to two counts of second-degree rape involving a 14-year-old girl. Another 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy each pleaded innocent to one count of second-degree rape.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed on keeping the case in Juvenile court.

They said none of the three boys has a criminal history and none was living ''an adult-like lifestyle.''

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