One of two teenagers accused of beating a 15-year-old boy because he is homosexual is scheduled to be sentenced after pleading guilty to an aggravated assault charge.
The 16-year-old defendant is to be back in Kalamazoo County Family Court.
Portage teen Steve Harmon says he was attacked Aug. 13 in a Portage parking lot. He says his attackers used anti-gay slurs as they struck him about 20 times in the head and face.
Harmon suffered a fractured cheek bone, two black eyes, a swollen lip and scratches on his face and neck.
Police confirm that he apparently was targeted because of his sexual orientation.
The two defendants were not charged with a hate crime because the state's ethnic-intimidation law doesn't address sexual orientation.