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4 Teens Charged With Raping Mentally Disabled Girl at North Miami Senior High School

Disturbing allegations have surfaced about an alleged gang rape at a South Florida high school.

Derek Bynum, 18, along with three other underage students, are charged with the gang rape of a mentally handicapped girl at North Miami Senior High School back in January.

The teens allegedly took the girl into a janitor's closet near the end of the school day and forced her to perform oral, anal and vaginal sex acts.

Court records show Bynum and one of the other teens pleaded not guilty. The other two teens have not yet entered pleas.

“The discovery process is ongoing. We’re trying to get to the bottom of what, if anything, happened — and all the clients remain and are presumed innocent,” said Matthew Ladd, a lawyer representing one of the suspects. Lawyers for the other teens did not return requests for comment, according to the Miami-Herald.

The Miami-Dade County School District released a statement Thursday saying in part, "While we struggle to understand the senseless depravity of this isolated but disturbing student incident -- we commend the deliberate and swift actions of Miami-Dade Schools Police in apprehending the alleged perpetrators."

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