The world we live in has become a disgusting place. Solidifying this perception is a teenager from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was arrested after he raped an 8-year-old girl. What’s worse is that he excused his behavior by saying “she asked for it.”
The 8-year-old victim was visiting her cousin when she came into contact with 17-year-old Lynell Hall. It just so happens that the young girl’s cousin lives in an apartment complex that is semi-abandoned and local teens use the place to “hook up.”
“It appears as though the victim was at her cousin’s home, and the cousin had some older friends that had come over as well,” Tulsa Police Sergeant Mike Brown explained, according to News On 6. That is how the victim met the teen that would change her life forever.
At some point during the night, Hall approached the young girl and convinced her to go to another apartment in the building to hang out. Once they arrived, he not only inappropriately touched the victim but eventually raped her. “At some point, the suspect pulled the 8-year-old girl’s pants down and began engaging in sexual acts with her,” explained Cpl. Greg Smith, according to Fox 23. After the victim told family members what had happened, they immediately notified police. Hall was quickly arrested on a charge of first-degree rape.
When questioned by police, Hall stated that he knew the girl was only 8-years-old, but he targeted her anyway. “It was clear that he understood that the child was not of an appropriate age and he attempted to minimize the crime initially before finally admitting that he had actually done what he was accused of,” Brown explained.
When the child told Hall to “get off her,” she explained to police that he ignored her and continued anyway. At first, Hall admitted to police that he had some sexual contact with the child, but he stated he stopped when she asked him to. Eventually, he changed his story and admitted to having sex with the young girl, claiming that “she was asking for it the whole night,” according to Opposing Views.
When police investigated the apartment, there was evidence leading them to believe that there had been a break-in at the apartment where the incident happened. If so, there may be more to the story than what the victim or Hall initially admitted.
The child was examined at Tulsa Hospital, where it was determined that she had evidence consistent with rape.
It’s sad that this young girl’s life will be changed forever because of the acts of this disgusting teen. There is no place where your children are safe anymore. In no way are the parents of any rape victim responsible, but in order to decrease the odds of something like this happening to your kids, it’s better to be a little overprotective. It just might save their innocence and their life.