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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Three LI Teens Charged With Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Three teens were arrested today and charged with assault as a hate crime after they beat up another student on a Nassau County school bus, and harassed him with anti-gay taunts. "We felt this was bias-related," said Det. Lt. John MacEwen at a news conference.
Police say that the three teens, David Spencer, 18, Chase Morrison, 16, and Roy Wilson, 16, assaulted the 14-year-old boy (whose name was withheld) twice on their school bus this week. They allege that the suspects "stomped and kicked" the victim on the arms, legs, stomach and thighs, while taunting him with gay slurs. “This young person was subjected apparently to bullying on a routine basis that escalated to a physical confrontation,” Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey of the Nassau County PD. Spencer and Morrison were each charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and second-degree aggravated harassment, a felony. Wilson was charged with third-degree assault.


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