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Five teen-agers, including twin brothers who were co-captains of their high school football team, were arrested this morning and charged with sexually assaulting a year-old mentally handicapped girl in the basement of the brothers' home. Eight other teen-agers are believed to have watched the assault, which the girl said occurred on March 1, but they were not charged with participating. They are said to include the son of the local police lieutenant who initially handled the investigation. The arrests shocked and angered residents of this well-off Essex County suburb, where rumors of a gang rape had been circulating for weeks. At Glen Ridge High School, where most of the students have known both the victim and the suspects for years, special assemblies were called for each class, from freshman through senior, to discuss the case. In and out of school, many students and parents expressed anger at the long delay in making the arrests, which came nearly three months after the assault but just one day after a report by WNBC-TV in New York that high-school athletes here had raped a mentally retarded girl.
Fraschetti was serving as a caregiver to the year-old with Down syndrome and a mental capacity of a third grader, court records show. Fraschetti was his caregiver for two-three months, court documents state. The parents told police they had surveillance cameras installed in the home because they had problems with caregivers in the past and wanted to monitor the victim while they were at work from their phone.
Willie Shorter Sr. The woman is described in the document as mentally challenged, with the mental capacity of a small child. She cannot tell the difference between the truth and a lie or right and wrong, and therefore is unable to consent to sexual intercourse, it says. In January , the woman, identified only as DB, was pregnant. She identified three possible fathers, two of whom were eliminated early in the investigation.