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Teens granted bail in gang sexual assault case

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Sexual Assault

Date: March 08, 2007

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Teens granted bail in gang sexual assault case
Updated Thu. Mar. 8 2007 6:39 PM ET
Four Mississauga teens accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and videotaping the attack on their cell phones have been released on bail.
The boys, two aged 18 and two aged 17, have been placed under house arrest. They must abide by certain conditions, including not contacting each other or attending Cawthra Park Secondary School where they are enrolled.
Families and friends of the co-accused burst into tears when justice of the peace Keith Currie granted their release in a Brampton courtroom on Thursday.
"Everybody's happy with the disposition today but we can't discuss any other details," defence lawyer Vincent Houvardas told reporters.
The boys face charges of gang sexual assault and manufacturing child pornography.
A publication ban prevents reporting evidence presented at the hearings.
Three of the accused attend Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga. They were in custody since Sunday, when they were charged. The fourth teen attends a nearby high school.
Peel police allege the boys sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl inside a Mississauga home on Feb. 25. The victim was unconscious for an unknown reason.
Philip Perry and Barton Reeder, both 18, are charged with sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, gang sexual assault and manufacturing child pornography.
The two 17-year-olds, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, face similar charges.
With a report from CTV's Janice Golding