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French teens who filmed assault on disabled man charged

Published on Feb 6, 2014 2:10 AM

GRENOBLE (AFP) - Three French teenagers who sparked outraged after filming themselves assaulting a young mentally disabled man and posting the footage on Facebook have been charged, local prosecutors said Wednesday.

The video filmed on Sunday in the southeastern town of Fontaine shows two of the boys pushing the 18-year-old in a park, making him fall and shouting at him before shoving him into a stream, from which the bewildered-looking victim emerges and walks away.

Two of the boys - a 14-year-old and 15-year-old - were charged with "abuse of a vulnerable person as part of a group" and "recording and broadcasting violent images". The third was charged with complicity.

The 14-year-old - the main perpetrator of the assault - has been placed in foster care while the two others have been banned from meeting up, leaving their homes at night and seeing their victim, prosecutors said.

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