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Bel Air boy, 16, charged with sexually assaulting girl

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A 16-year-old Bel Air boy is charged as an adult and was ordered held without bail Tuesday after he allegedly sexually assaulted a high school girl, possibly using a knife, a Harford County prosecutor said.

Alessandro Lori, of the 800 block of Bridle Path, was arrested Monday, accused of attacking a girl at a party in Forest Hill Nov. 21 and, ultimately, sexually assaulting her.

Assistant State's Attorney Alison Carver said at a bail review in Harford County District Court Tuesday that the victim is a student at The John Carroll School in Bel Air.

"She was at the home of a friend of a friend, in which she anticipated it to be a small gathering," Carver said about the allegations against Lori, which took place in the 1900 block of Hill View Drive. "It quickly turned into much more."

"The victim became uncomfortable and went downstairs," Carver continued, noting the room was dark. "She was struck from behind, pushed to the ground by an individual who at that time [she] didn't know who it was."

The person lit a lighter, which is when the girl said she recognized Lori, who threatened to "burn her face off," Carver said.

He allegedly used either a folded knife or part of his body to sexually assault her, according to charging documents.

During this incident, Alessandro allegedly struck the girl in the head several times and bit her neck, according to charging documents.

Lori is charged with first-degree sex offense, which carries a life sentence, as well as second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, first- and second-degree assault and attempted perverted practice.

Eddie Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said Alessandro is charged as an adult because of the seriousness of the charges.

"[First] degree sex offense is one of the crimes where a juvenile can be charged as an adult," Hopkins said. "In this case, due to the severity of the crime, the suspect was charged as an adult."

He did not have more details on the incident.

Dennis Cuomo, an attorney for Alessandro, told the court Lori is a junior at Bel Air High School and works at Friendly's restaurant. His parents and sister were at his bail review hearing.

"We do realize and appreciate the seriousness of these charges, certainly," Cuomo told District Court Judge Susan Hazlett.

He asked for home detention for his client, noting that Alessandro and the victim do not attend the same school and Alessandro is actively engaged in academics.

Alessandro had one prior run-in with juvenile court for skateboarding in Bel Air, Cuomo said.

Hazlett ordered him to continue to be held without bail but explained the case could easily change, as the incident only happened six days earlier.

"Obviously, the situation is fluid," she said. "Given the very serious nature of the charges, I think it's important at this point the bail remains the same."

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