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Police: Bullies Brutalized Man In Bowling Alley Restroom
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 18, 2006

SHIRLEY, NEW YORK--Two Long Island teenagers have been charged with first-degree aggravated sexual abuse for allegedly attacking a 21-year-old man that has developmental disabilities in a bowling alley restroom.

Police say Steven Rodriguez, 19, and Michael Lunsford, 17, had a confrontation with the unnamed victim on Saturday outside the bowling alley. When the man walked into the building, the two followed him to the restroom, where Lunsford held him down while Rodriguez allegedly sexually assaulted him with a metal toilet-cleaning tool known as a plumbing snake.

The snake was later removed from the victim's body at a local hospital. He was in stable condition Wednesday.

According to Newsday, police said Rodriguez apparently had a history of bullying the victim when they both had lived at Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center, which was described as a facility for youths with mental disabilities.

"There was a personal animosity between Rodriguez and the victim . . . possibly going back to their days at Sagamore," explained Detective Lieutenant Gerard Gigante.

If convicted, Rodriguez and Lunsford could spend up to 25 years in prison for the crime.


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