Four male middle schoolers, ages 12 and 13, were found guilty today of gang raping a 14-year-old girl and trying to rape a 12-year-old girl in June. Prosecutors said the boys, who were students at Chestnut Ridge Middle School in the Rockland County town of Ramapo, had attacked the teens over a three-day period at a Chestnut Ridge house. "I was yelling and screaming to leave me alone," one of the victims testified, adding that she felt "pain" at being penetrated multiple times.

Prosecutors said all four of the boys admitted in police statements that they sexually abused the girls, including holding down the 14-year-old girl and taking turns raping her, over the course of June 11th, 12th and 13th. The 14-year-old victim testified that the boys only left that morning to catch a bus to school for an exam they didn't want to miss. The boys claimed the sex was consensual, and their attorneys asked for them to be released because they had no criminal history and good academic records.

One of the boys, a 12-year-old, testified in court that they knew they were not invited into the girls' house, but knew where the family left a spare key. "We had sexual contact with her the day before [June 11] and wanted to do it again," said the boy. He said that he attempted to have sex with the older girl on June 12th because he didn't want to be the only boy who had not had sex with her: 'I didn’t want to be a punk," he said. "I didn’t want to seem like anyone who didn’t do it. It was consensual. I swear on everything I love. She was even laughing."