A 13-year-old boy who egged on his friends as they sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl last April was sentenced Friday to a year’s probation.

“I’m sorry for what I did... I’m sorry for what happened to her,” the teen told Judge Anne Derrick.

He pleaded guilty to being a party to the sexual assault. Another 12-year-old is still facing charges; the two other boys were too young to be prosecuted.


The April 25, 2008 attack began when the girl, her younger brother and four older boys got into a fight after school. The accused, then 12, urged the girl to take off her clothes because one of the boys was going to “do it” with her.

In front of the girl’s brother, an 11-year-old boy pulled down her pants and underwear, touched her bare bottom and pretended to have sex with her.

A woman walking her dog in Fort Needham Park approached the group, ending the assault.

“She became scared of boys, and she was even fearful around her own dad and brother,” said Derrick.

The boy’s mom said she’s forbidden him to spend time with those boys, and he’s now taking Ritalin regularly.

Crown attorney Catherine Cogswell described the crime as a bullying incident that went too far.

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