A 12-year-old New York boy and his three 13-year-old friends accused of gang raping a 14-year-old girl over three days and attempting to rape another 12-year-old claimed in court today that the sex was consensual.
The boys, all students of Chestnut Ridge Middle School in Ramapo, have told the Rockland Family Court that they did not illegally enter the girls home and rape her on two different occasions and sexually attack another girl.
Giving evidence by closed circuit television to the court, the girl who is now 15, said that on the second day the boys let themselves into her home uninvited early on June 12th and took it in turns to rape her – only leaving that morning to catch a bus to school for an exam they didn’t want to miss.
One of the four boys who have not been identified accused of gang raping a 14-year-old girl walks away from Rockland Family Court with his parents with a jacket over his head
In late August, the 15-year-old girl gave evidence from another room in the family court because prosecution psychologists had deemed it damaging for her to see the four defendants who are currently free under house supervision.
The teen claimed in evidence that the boys raped her again in the afternoon on the 12th and and finally returned on the 13th of June to rape her again but she told them she was menstruating and instead the boys attempted to attack a 12-year-old girl who was present in the home.
The older girl said that the attacks began on the morning of June 11th, when the boys entered the home, held her down and stripped her of her clothes, which she said she tried to resist.
‘I was yelling and screaming to leave me alone,’ she said, adding she felt ‘pain’ at being penetrated multiple times.
The 15-year-old claimed that in the afternoon of the 12th after they returned from school, the boys discovered her hiding in her parents bedroom, overpowered her and held her down by her wrists while they took it in turns to rape her again.
Claiming that the boys knew where a key to her front door was kept, the 15-year-old girl has testified that the boys came back on the 12th and took it in turns to rape and sodomise her inside the bathroom.
The 15-year-old and 12-year-old girl who is now 13, didn’t tell their parents until a two days after the alleged attacks.
In her testimony to the family court, the younger girl said that she kicked and screamed and bit two of the four boys as they tried to rape her on June 13th.
‘They pulled me into (the other girl’s) room. I was screaming, ‘Get off of me!’’, the girl told Rockland Family Court Judge Sherri Eisenpress according to The Journal News.
The girl said that she sat herself on the floor and grabbed her knees as the boys tried to pull off her pants.
She said that the 12-year-old boy specifically attempted to sexually assault her and that she bit him.
‘I bit him very hard and he started bleeding,’ said the girl to the court in her testimony in late August.
The 13-year-old said that, on June 12, she heard the older girl screaming as the four boys attacked her during the morning.
She told the court that she and another girl who was also in the house but not apparently attacked tried to break into the parent’s bedroom by ramming in the doors and picking the locks with a kitchen knife.
She added the boys were leaning against the doors on the other side, where the older girl has testified the boys held her down and took turns sodomising her.
‘I heard her screaming, ‘Stop, get off of me!’ the younger girl testified in late August
‘I banged on the door. I tried even harder to push open the door.’
Defense lawyers for the four boys asked why she didn’t tell or call her parents or the police if she thought the older girl was being raped on June 12th.
She replied she wasn’t sure what was happening to the older girl, but was too scared and embarrassed to call adults.
She also added that she was scared her parents would get into trouble if police arrived and found the girls unsupervised at home alone.
And today the 12-year-old told the court that he swore on ‘everything I love’ that he did not rape the older girl claiming that she consented.
The boy admitted they were not invited into the house but knew where the family left a spare key and went to look for the older girl on June 12.
‘We had sexual contact with her the day before (June 11) and wanted to do it again,’ said the boy.
He said that he attempted to have sex with the older girl on June 12th because he didn’t want to be the only boy who had not had sex with her.
‘I didn’t want to be a punk,’ he said.
‘I didn’t want to seem like anyone who didn’t do it. It was consensual. I swear on everything I love. She was even laughing.’
However, he admitted it was wrong hold down the younger girl, then aged 12.
She bit him while another boy held her wrists and two tried taking off her pants.
The boy also said that boys didn’t believe the older girl when she said she was menstruating and that they argued about this for some time.
‘She didn’t want to do something that day,’ he said according to the Journal News.
Attorneys for the boys say they were invited into the house and, at one point, on the first day, one boy lay in bed with the older girl and watched television.
They also questioned why the girls made Facebook comments about the boys after the alleged sexual attacks.
The boys are currently held under home detention.
If found guilty, the older boys could be held in a juvenile detention center for three years, depending on their behavior.
They could remain incarcerated until they are 18 years old.