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Four teens charged in attack of classmate they thought was gay

Four teens charged in attack of classmate they thought was gay

Updated, 10/15/10: Fourth teen arrested.

Four Long Island teenagers have been arrested and face assault and harassment charges in an alleged anti-gay bias attack on a 14-year-old boy they believed was gay.

(Left to right) David Spencer, Chase Morrison and Roy Wilson

According to Nassau County Police, the three attackers — David Spencer, 18, Chase Morrison, 16, and Roy Wilson, 16, assaulted a 14-year-old classmate on a bus leaving the Nassau BOCES Career Preparatory High School in Hicksville on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was stomped and kicked on his arms, legs, stomach and thighs. He also suffered a visible bruise on his forearms and pain throughout his body. [WPIX-TV]

“This young person was subjected apparently to bullying on a routine basis,” said Lawrence Mulvey, Nassau County Police Commissioner.

At their arraignment on Thursday, Spencer and Morrison were each charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment. Wilson was was also charged with assault as a hate crime.

Update, 10/15/10: Nassau County police announced a fourth teen has been charged in connection with Tuesday’s attack.

The latest suspect to be arrested s a 14-year-old boy whose name has not been released because he was charged as a juvenile. He was charged with assault a hate crime and aggravated harassment.

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