MONROEVILLE, Ala. – A 14-year-old Alabama girl might have helped arrange the gang rape of her ninth-grade classmate and could face charges as an accomplice based on her comments in a televised interview, a district attorney said.
The girl told reporters last week that she and her 14-year-old classmate had planned to have sex with the suspects who have been charged with rape. The girl under investigation is dating one of the three suspects who are 16, 17 and 20 years old.
"The victim told police that the attack did begin as consensual contact," Monroe County District Attorney Tommy Chapman told the Press-Register of Mobile for a Monday story. "But when all three suspects began to join in, she told them no repeatedly, but they did not stop."
Authorities said the girl required surgery after the Nov. 16 attack and was in intensive care for three days.
"I am exceedingly angry, and you can quote me on that," Chapman said.
Calls to Chapman's office by The Associated Press Monday were not immediately returned.
Police took the girl who may be charged into custody on Chapman's orders Friday and she was later released.
Investigators said the fellow ninth-graders left Monroe County High School with Steven Scott, 20, DeShon Riley, 16, and Justin Williams, 17, before the start of classes the day of the attack.
Investigators said that the three took turns assaulting one of the girls at a home. The other girl claimed that they attempted to rape her, but that no intercourse occurred. A medical examination indicated that the girl had sex.
The men then took the classmates back to school where the injured girl sat in bloody clothes for hours until school officials called police, investigators said.
Monroeville Police Chief Rudolph Munnerlyn said that interviews with the girls were continuing in what he called a "shocking crime" in the town about halfway between Mobile and Montgomery. Calls by AP to police were not returned.
The three suspects were jailed last week and charged with felony rape. Bail was set at $500,000. A jail employee would not say if they were still jailed Monday and it was unknown if any had lawyers.