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Two Utah Teens Charged With Hate Crimes Over Assault on Gay Couple

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A 17-year-old Utah boy is facing charges in a case where a gay teenager was punched and subjected to slurs last month, and a friend of that suspect is being charged with vandalizing the victim's house.

Hate-crime enhancements have been added to the charges against both.The first teen was taken into custody Friday and charged in juvenile court with assault, which is a third-degree felony, and initiating a riot, a second-degree felony, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

His name is not being released because of his age. Among the charges against the boy's friend, Hayden Perry Stowell, 19, are retaliation against a witness, a third-degree felony, and criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor.Christian Peacock and Jacob Metcalf were hugging outside of Peacock's home in the town of Sandy on July 30 when occupants of a passing car yelled homophobic slurs at them.Later, the occupants got out, and the 17-year-old attacked Peacock, hitting him in the head, according to police.

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