A Gallup Avenue boy denied sexually molesting an 8-year-old Huron boy during a hearing Wednesday in Huron County Juvenile Court.
The 15-year-old Norwalk suspect was charged with three counts of rape, first-degree felonies if committed by an adult, in connection with two incidents Saturday and one Sunday.
"These are terrible tragedies. It sounds pretty bad," county prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
A rape exam was performed on the boy Sunday night after he was brought to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, police said.
Assistant prosecutor Jennifer DeLand filed the rape complaints Wednesday morning after police arrested the suspect the previous day at Norwalk High School.
"He has no previous record with us," court administrator Chris Mushett added.
During Wednesday's detention hearing, Judge Timothy Cardwell ordered the teen to remain in custody at the Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center until the court scheduled another hearing.
Chief probation officer Phil Charville made the recommendation "based on the seriousness of the charges" and until police and/or social workers could interview family members.
Charville and defense attorney John Allton did not elaborate on why authorities needed to interview the suspect's relatives.
The boy, if found guilty, could be sentenced to the Department of Youth Services from one year up to his 21st birthday. He also could be required to annually register his address as a sex offender with the Huron County Sheriff's Office, Cardwell said.