WEST MEMPHIS, AR (abc24.com) - Three teens have been charged as adults for the rape of a special needs student at West Memphis High School.
According to police records, 16-year-old Terrence Jones, 17-year-old Kenneth Bedford (aka "Lil Kenny") and 15-year-old Orlando Hamilton were all taken into custody by West Memphis police on February 22 on allegations of rape. Upon questioning, the suspects gave conflicting reports of what happened, with Jones and Hamilton both pointing the finger at the other as the person responsible for the rape; Bedford denied any sexual acts took place. All three suspects did admit to bullying the victim.
The victim told police he was going to the bathroom when the three suspects came up behind him and forced him to the ground. He said one victim held him down while a second victim raped him. Afterwards the victim went to report the incident to the principal, but told officers he was sent back to class. He called a family member after school, who then notified the police. After talking to investigators, the victim was taken to MSARC in Memphis to be tested for evidence of sexual assault.
West Memphis Police Capt. Ken Mitchell confirmed the victim is a special needs student, but would not specify the nature of his disability.
Terrence Jones, Kenneth Bedford and Orlando Hamilton are all charged as adults for rape and first degree battery, and are awaiting trail in Crittenden County Court.