VALPARAISO | Two teenage girls may face a number of felony charges, after police said they bound and sexually battered a 17-year-old boy.
According to Valparaiso police, the girls, ages 16 and 14 and both Valparaiso residents, lured the 17-year-old boy, who has special needs, to a home in the 350 block of Roseland Terrace, just south of Northview Elementary School, Saturday night.
Police said once the boy was inside the house, the girls threatened him with a knife, handcuffed him and then sexually battered him. Police said after the girls released the boy, he returned home, told his mother what happened and they reported the incident to police.
Officers then executed a search warrant on the house where the incident occurred and both suspects were interviewed by detectives. Police said both girls knew the male victim, but provided no information on the rationale behind the incident.
Police are requesting felony charges of criminal deviate conduct, sexual battery and criminal confinement against the 16-year-old girl. The 14-year-old girl also likely will face felony charges of intimidation, battery with a deadly weapon and criminal confinement.
During hearings held Monday, it was determined the girls will remain in custody at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center until initial hearings are held on the charges April 18, according to Chief Probation Officer Chris Buyer.
Police continue their investigation.
Times staff writer Bob Kasarda contributed to this report.