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Md. teen who abused autistic child sentenced to juvenile center

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LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - A St. Mary's County judge has sentenced a 15-year-old girl to a maximum of six years in a juvenile detention center for abusing a boy with diminished mental capacity.

The Washington Post reports that the judge on Thursday rejected a request to avoid jail time from the girl who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and displaying an obscene photograph of a boy. Judge Michael Stamm called the abuse "horrific" and said the girl poses a danger to the community.

Authorities have said she and 17-year-old Lauren A. Bush, who is being charged as an adult, coerced the boy into sexual acts and made video recordings of the abuse. Police say the boy's parents tell investigators the boy is autistic. The older girl is undergoing psychological examinations before a hearing on transferring her case to juvenile court.

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