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A ring of children as young as 7 in a small Pennsylvania community taught each other to have sex, and a half-dozen of them have been charged in juvenile court. The children, all students at North-eastern Middle School or York Haven Elementary School, hid their activities from adults but readily answered questions asked by the police. Their candor was all the more troubling, said Newberry Township Police Chief Bill Meyers. "These kids knew that what they were doing wasn't right, but they didn't know it was as bad as it was," Myers said. "There was a naiveté about the legal and moral consequences."

Six children have been charged in juvenile court on charges including rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault, Myers said Sunday. At least two have been convicted and sent to juvenile detention facilities, he said; their sentences are sealed by juvenile court. Incidents of incest were discovered but not pursued criminally, Myers said. No adults were charged. The case has now been closed. [...]

Many of the children first became involved as victims, then they repeated what they learned with other children, said York County Detective William "Skip" Clancy Jr., who helped investigate. [...] More children would have been charged, but they were younger than the 10-year minimum for criminal charges, authorities said. Investigators interviewed about 25 children. There was no immediate detail on punishment the convicted youngsters faced. The prosecutor in the case, Assistant District Attorney Mary Lou Erb, did not return telephone messages during the weekend.

source: Article '6 kids charged in sex ring - Children involved ranged in age from 7 to 16'; Houston Chronicle; 5 July 1999