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14-year-olds found guilty of raping fellow student in school field house

The Hot Springs Lakeside High School Field House is where the rape is said to have occurred in this case. (KATV photo)
The Hot Springs Lakeside High School Field House is where the rape is said to have occurred in this case. (KATV photo)
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Two 14-year-old Lakeside High School students were found guilty of raping a fellow 16-year-old female student in the school's field house, according to a defense attorney for one of the teens.

"We respectfully disagree with the judge's decision and we are going to aggressively pursue all avenues of appeal to right this wrong," said Tony Walker, attorney for one of the 14 year-olds.

The guilty verdict came down Friday in juvenile court. A sentencing date has not be scheduled, but it's expected to be held next week.

The teen girl told school officials she was held against her will and raped by two males students while on her way to athletic practice after school let out back in February.

She said she was approached by the two suspects on February 24 in the Lakeside High School Field House when the two boys forced her into the girl's locker room; one stood behind her and held her down, while the other allegedly sexually assaulted her.

The school immediately notified police of the incident, who then arrested the two on rape charges.

The two male students, whose names have not yet been released, pleaded not guilty in March to the charges against them.

Back when Channel 7 first reported on this case, KATV did inquire about security cameras. We were told despite having the bid approved last summer, the Ram Field House was undergoing renovations up until December 2015, when they hosted their first home event at the field house. Cook said they've been waiting on the vendor, who eventually got back to them on February 24, and cameras will be installed soon.



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