LINCOLN, Neb. -- Two 13-year-old boys are accused of videotaping themselves sexually assaulting
two 5-year-olds and a 3-year-old and also taping sexual contact between three young children, according to Lincoln
The alleged felony occurred at one of the boys' homes, about a block away from an elementary school, Omaha TV station
Court records show that the tape includes the voice believed to be one of the 13-year-old boys. He talks about making
a "sex video."
The victims, police said, are two 5-year-old girls and a 3-year-old boy.
"The videotape obviously contains one incident of sexual contact between the boys and the victims in the case," said
Lincoln police spokeswoman Kerri Crosby.
According to court records, the brother of one of the 13-year-old boys found the video. The video, police said, shows
one of the 13-year-olds using a device on one of the girls while the other teen was operating the camera. When police later
reviewed the tape, an investigator said, it appeared the girl was in pain.
"The sexual perpetrations of one of the victims was a violent act," Crosby said.
The reports show that the video also shows one 5-year-old girl lying on a bed on top of the other 5-year-old. The
3-year-old boy is also on the bed, exposed from the waist down, police reports show.
Court records show that several adult family members also reviewed the tape. When first contacted by police, the
grandmother of one 13-year-old boys said the family had not decided if they wanted to involve law enforcement. According to
the report, she said she "just wanted to get her grandson help for what he did."
"When the videotape was discovered, there was some concern about what to do with it," Crosby
A psychologist from the Child Guidance Center
in Lincoln said that about 20 percent of children at the center have had inappropriate sexual behavior.
The experts attributed it to a number of sources, including more awareness and reporting of th e problem, pornography on the
Internet and children who abuse that are themselves victims of sexual abuse.
"They lose the capacity to recognize appropriate behaviors," said the center's Nancy Mize.