Baltimore police charge boy, 14, with raping 8-year-old girl

BALTIMORE - Baltimore City police have arrested a 14-year-old boy on charges that he sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl.

Solomon Pule, who is being charged as an adult, was allegedly caught by his mother actively raping the girl on Monday, police said.

Once the mother arrived, the girl – who was visiting the home – jumped up and told her that Pule threatened to her with a pair of scissors, police said.

“He told me if I was to scream that he was going to cut me,” the girl told Pule’s mother, according to police documents.

Police said the alleged assault took place as Pule’s mother was putting her 2-year-old son down for a nap.

For leaders at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, seeing young victims and offenders isn't out of the ordinary. 

"In 2013 alone, we saw 155 cases where the offender was age nine to age fourteen. Young offenders happen with some degree of frequency," Adam Rosenberg, BCAC Executive Director, said. 

Pule being charged as an adult in the case is a move Rosenberg says is important from a criminal justice standpoint, but more needs to be done and more questions need to be asked. 

"Has he been a victim of sexual abuse, has he been a witness to domestic violence and unfortunately we know in our work that children who have been witness to these cases or who have been victims themselves can become perpetrators if they're not given the right treatment," Rosenberg told ABC2. 

Rosenberg said getting to the root of the problem will help protect more children.
He also said counseling is not only a necessary next step for the offender, but also the victim. However, convincing parents that therapy is the best option can often be a difficult task.
"No one is really ready to put children into therapy and that's one of the best things that we can do to really prevent bad future outcomes from happening," Rosenberg said. 

According to police documents, Pule admitted to the crime while speaking with investigators and he was subsequently taken into custody.

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