A Bel Air teen has been charged as an adult with sexually assaulting a girl and threatening her with fire and a knife.
The youth was initially ordered held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center, but was released Monday after a bail amount was set.
Alessandro Lori, 16, of the 800 block of Bridle Path, is charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, first- and second-degree assault and one count of attempted perverted practice.
The charges stem from a Nov. 21 incident in Forest Hill.
The juvenile victim told police she was in the basement of a home in the 1900 block of Hill View Drive when a teenage boy with blond hair attacked her in the dark, according to charging documents. She later recognized her alleged attacker as Lori.
The girl accused Lori of pushing her to the ground and ordering her to take off her clothes. When she refused, Lori allegedly flashed a lighter and threatened to burn her face, then pulled out a folding knife. The girl said when she saw the knife, she stopped resisting, according to charging documents.
Lori then allegedly used either the knife or part of his body to sexually assault her, charging documents state.
On Nov. 24, the girl started to have abdominal and pelvic pain, so her parents took her to the hospital. She then told her parents what happened and a nurse examined her for signs of sexual assault.
At his first bail hearing Nov. 27, Lori was ordered to remain in jail pending a hearing with no opportunity to post bail. At a second hearing Monday, however, bail for $25,000 was set, online court records show.
Lori was released later that day after posting bail, according to online court records.
On Sunday, a small group of protesters supporting Lori held signs behind the judging table at the Bel Air Christmas Parade, according to a story on ExploreHarford.com. The group wore shirts that said "Free Alex Lori" and told ExploreHarford.com they beileved the teen had been falsely accused, the story states.