3 face hate-crime charges after teens pepper-sprayed

- Three men are facing charges of child abuse that police say are tied to a hate crime.

Pinellas Park detectives say Peter-Austin Afentakis, Corey Knous, and John Schmidt spotted three teen boys -- two black and one white -- riding their bikes to football practice Thursday afternoon along 62nd Street.

According to officers, Schmidt began shouting racial slurs, then got out of the car and pepper-sprayed the teens. 

Detectives say the teens didn't know the men.

The case has been sent to the state attorney's office.

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