Black Crickets

I didn’t know the boy he sexually assaulted—the one he was arrested for assaulting. I’d grown up and left town by then, was only home to visit family. The paper said the boy was staying the night at his house and the two of them were going fishing early the next morning. But the boy woke to being sodomized. He ran home and told his mother, who called the police. No word on the father’s whereabouts or why the mother had let her son go on an overnight trip with a grown man. I didn’t know the boy but...

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