NEW YORK–Three men have been indicted on charges including gang assault and aggravated sexual abuse in what is being called one of the most brutal anti-gay hate crimes in years. The Bronx district attorney’s office dropped charges against a fourth suspect yesterday, 17-year old Dennis Piters, citing lack of evidence.
Previously, the district attorney’s office dropped charges against three other suspects for the same reason.
Authorities initially accused 11 men of kidnap, torture and sexual assault against a 17-year-old boy they believed to be gay during his initiation into a gang calling itself the Latin King Goonies. The suspects also burned, assaulted and sodomized a 30-year-old man who they believed had a sexual encounter with the gang recruit. During the attack on that man, other gang members went to his house and committed robbery after beating his brother. The gang also assaulted another teen they perceived to be gay during the vicious rampage.