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Gateway high school girl raped by classmates, police say

| Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011

Monroeville police charged two Gateway Senior High School students with raping a 14-year-old female classmate in the laundry room of a nearby apartment building during school hours.

Natale J. Kirkland, 18, of Monroeville and a male juvenile were charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault, false imprisonment and related charges.

It is unclear whether they have attorneys. Their families could not be reached for comment.

The girl, Kirkland and the male juvenile left school on Tuesday and walked to Cambridge Square Apartments where they smoked marijuana in a laundry room, according to a criminal complaint filed against Kirkland.

Police said each male raped the girl. She told school officials what happened on the following day.

Police found condom wrappers in a trash can, according to the complaint. Investigators found signs of assault during an exam at A Child's Place at Mercy.

Gateway School District spokeswoman Cara Zanella said the district contacted police as soon as officials learned of the rape.

"We helped police as much as we could," Zanella said.

Kirkland was being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $75,000 bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 13. The juvenile was being held in Shuman Juvenile Detention Center in Lincoln-Lemington.

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