Two girls, ages 12 and 14, are recovering at home after being sexually assaulted by four boys twice last week, Ramapo police said Tuesday.
The girls suffered minor physical injuries, but "obvious emotional injuries" in the attacks, said Det. Lt. Mark Emma. Their names are being withheld.
Four boys, three age 13 and one age 12, are accused of attacking the girls at the Ramapo house where the victims live, police said. Officials said the boys tried to attack a third girl as well.
The boys, whose names also were withheld because of their ages, are being processed as juveniles in Rockland County Family Court. They are being held at a secure detention facility, and their next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, Emma said.
The boys were arrested Saturday and charged with felony sex crimes, second degree burglary and second degree unlawful imprisonment, police said.
Emma said the first assault occurred on June 11 at the girls' multifamily house. The boys returned to the house for the second attack, two days later, he said.
Police said the girls knew their alleged attackers.
Mitchell Schecter, a Spring Valley-based attorney for one of the accused boys, disputes the version of events the victims told police and said the sexual contact "was not forcible."
Schecter described his client as a 13-year-old boy who attends Chestnut Ridge Middle School but would not reveal the teen's name.
Schecter also said police were overzealous in the way they investigated the case.
"The police interrogated this 13-year-old boy, who had never been in trouble before," he said. "It's such sensationalism."
Ramapo police did not immediately return a phone call to respond to Schecter's allegation.
The girls told their parents about the attacks Friday morning, Emma said, and police were notified that day.
Victims, feeling fear or shame, often delay reporting sex attacks, Emma said.
"Sometimes it takes a little time to make a report," he said. "If you look at the history of sex crimes against women, you see that type of pattern."
The victims and the attackers attend different schools in the East Ramapo Central School District, Emma said.
Calls to another attorney for the boys were not returned.