Disabled teen in Connecticut charged in
sex assault of classmate
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[June 27, 2014]
By Richard Weizel
BRIDGEPORT Conn. (Reuters) - A mentally
disabled Connecticut high school student has been charged with sexually
assaulting a disabled fellow student in a school bathroom as classmates
cheered him on, according to police and court documents.
Patrick Nolan, 19, was arraigned on Wednesday in Bridgeport
Superior Court and charged with felony sexual assault and risk of
injury to a child for the August 2013 attack on a 16-year-old
classmate at Harding High School, police said.
An affidavit filed in the case painted a horrific scene of the
incident drawn from details from a school surveillance video outside
the bathroom and a student recording of the attack.
In the videos, a student shouts "keep going" while the victim is
being sexually assaulted from behind, and afterward students are
huddled together seemingly watching the cell phone recording, court
The footage also showed a group of students clapping after the
victim passes in front of the camera, according to the affidavit.
"(He) was having fun with my butt, asked me to pull my pants down
and tries putting his private area into my butt. He pulls his pants
down and starts like getting all nasty and everything. ... He was
taking me from behind," the victim said to detectives in an
Nolan's attorney, Mark Phillips, said the students who filmed the
incident were instigators and were not disabled themselves.
"This was not some sociopath going into a high school at the age of
19 and raping a special needs kid," Phillips said. "This is
something where able-minded students took advantage of these special
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Nolan was released by the court and ordered to return for a plea
entry hearing on July 15.
The Bridgeport Public School District declined comment on Thursday.
A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Child and Families
said the agency was barred by state law from providing additional
information on the case.
(Writing by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Leslie
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