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4 BOYS CHARGED IN SEX ASSAULT ON GIRL

Four 8- and 9-year-old boys have been charged with ganging up on a classmate in a Bronx school playground and forcing her to perform oral sex, police said today.

Detectives arrested two 8-year-olds and two 9-year-olds Monday and were looking for a fifth boy, said Officer Joseph Cavitolo, a police spokesman.

The attack reportedly occurred Friday while the pupils at School 44 were on their lunch break. The girl's older sister accused a teacher of failing to immediately report it.

Cavitolo said three of the boys held the 9-year-old girl down while another forced her to perform oral sex on him.

The girl broke free from the boys, told a teacher about the attack and then told her older sister, Cavitolo said. She was treated in a local hospital and released, he said.

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