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Special needs student allegedly raped in school bathroom

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (FOX13) -

A prosecutor says three West Memphis, Ark., High School students, ages 15-17, will be tried as adults after they allegedly raped and assaulted a special needs student in the boys bathroom.

The alleged incident took place Feb. 13.

Despite their ages, Crittenden County prosecutors say they plan to try the trio as adults when the case comes to trial.

MORE: 3 who allegedly raped fellow teen also special needs students

While many of us were solidifying Valentine's Day plans on Feb. 13, a frightened special needs high school student was living a nightmare inside a high school bathroom. West Memphis police say this wasn't just a case of school-yard bullying, this was a vile criminal act intended to not just humiliate someone. It was meant to violate that person's body and spirit in the worst way possible.

West Memphis High classmates, 17-year old Kenneth Bedford, 16-year old Terrance Jones, and 15-year old Orlando Hamilton have been bonded out since their arrests. They are scheduled to return to criminal court April 29.

According to West Memphis Police incident reports obtained by FOX13 News, the three students allegedly admitted to skipping class and were hanging out in a bathroom when the victim came in. According to the report, filed by the victim, Jones and Bedford came up behind him and dropped his pants. The suspects then forced him onto the ground and while one suspect held him the other allegedly raped him.

In his statement to police, Jones alleged all three boys started punching and kicking the victim while making fun of him.

After their assault the three teens left the bathroom thinking they heard someone coming. In his statement to West Memphis police, the victim alleged he went to the school's administrative office and informed them of what happened.

The victim, also a male, alleges a school administrator, not named in the report, told him they'd take care of the situation the next day and he was told to return to class. Once he got home the teenage victim reported the rape to his guardian who then took him to authorities to report the rape.

All three suspects tell a different story about who actually committed the alleged rape.

FOX13 News attempted to speak with the victim's guardian but she was unavailable for comment.

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