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2 Teenage Girls Charged After Torturing Autistic Classmate

MORGANZA, Md. (WJZ) -- Horrifying allegations. Two teenage girls are accused of torturing an autistic classmate with a knife and forcing him to perform sex acts.

Investigators say they videotaped the whole thing.

Meghan McCorkell has more.

Those two teenage girls have been arrested. Investigators say it was one of their own parents that turned them in.

Shocking allegations rock the rural community of Morganza in St. Mary's County.

"Who could harbor this ill will to do something so completely heinous?" said Sheriff Timothy Cameron, St. Mary's County.

Lauren Bush, 17, and an unnamed 15-year-old girl are accused of repeatedly abusing a 16-year-old autistic boy between December and February. The three are all students at Chopticon High School.

Police say the girls videotaped themselves attacking the boy with a knife, forcing him to perform sex acts, pulling him by the hair, kicking him in the groin and more.

"Another video depicts the male on an icy pond being told to continue to walk out further, actually falling in the water several times and pulling himself out," said Cameron.

Investigators say they found out about the incident after one of the girl's parents found the videos on their daughter's cell phone.

Now the mother of the boy is speaking out, telling the Washington Post her son trusted the girls, believing the 15-year-old was his girlfriend. She says: "He doesn't appear to be traumatized. He thinks these girls are his friends and is surprised the police are involved."

A letter has been sent home to students at the high school.

Lauren Bush is charged as an adult and is being held in the county detention center. The 15-year-old is charged as a juvenile.

Investigators say they don't believe any of the videos were posted to the web.

The two girls face charges of assault, false imprisonment and solicitation of child pornography.

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