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Teen girl raped outside church, two teens charged, police say

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HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - A teenage girl says she was raped outside of a Hickory-area church after a group meeting over the weekend.

According to police, the incident happened outside of the Exodus Church on Highland Avenue on Saturday evening.

Police say some teens had gathered at the church for a meeting. After the meeting, a 14-year-old girl claims she was raped outside of the church.

Her parents called police who went to the church and questioned several people.

Two teenage boys, 15 and 17-years-old, were questioned and later charged.  The charges for the 15-year-old were filed in juvenile court.

Seventeen-year-old Mikal Gray was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual offense. He was arrested by Hickory police and is being held on a $300,000 bond.

Officers say the teenage victim knew both boys.

It is unclear if the meeting was a church-related meeting, police say, because the church allows many groups to meet on its property.

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