A Cook County judge today set bail at $350,000 each for two Gage Park High School students charged with sexually assaulting a classmate with mental disabilities last week at the South Side school.
According to a Chicago police report, the 15-year-old victim was lured on Feb. 20 into a band room, where Kory Lindsey, of the 6900 block of South Maplewood Avenue, coerced her to perform a sex act while Bernard Strong, of the 6700 block of South Artesian Avenue, acted as a lookout.
Prosecutors said the girl had resisted Lindsey’s advances until he threatened "he would never talk to her again.”
As other students entered the band room, Strong yelled out to warn Lindsey, according to court records. Lindsey fled, but Strong hid in a cabinet as an ROTC instructor noticed the girl getting dressed, prosecutors said. The instructor later reported what he saw to school officials.
The next day a school social worker notified the victim’s father, who took her to the hospital, prosecutors said.
Police arrested the two teens after school officials reviewed surveillance and the girl picked both out of a police lineup, prosecutors said.
The two suspects, both 18, were charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault.
In bond court today, criminal defense attorney Jack Wilk said the two suspects are seniors at Gage Park and on the wrestling team.
Strong is a self-admitted member of the Gangster Disciples, police alleged in court records. The next court date for both men was set for March 21.
spokesman declined to comment on the sexual assault, citing privacy and confidentiality issues.
Earlier this week, two boys, 15 and 16, were accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl at a washroom in the school at 5630 S. Rockwell Ave.