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Teen boys accused of raping 2 teen girls

March 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Police said they have arrested four teenage boys on suspicion of raping two high school girls who told authorities the boys had invited them into a home for a drink. Police in Redlands are trying to determine if two teenage girls were raped by as many as four teenage boys.

One of the boys who has been accused of rape spoke to Eyewitness News.

"There was no sexual assault or rape, if anything they came onto us more than we came onto them," said the accused boy.

Police say that the trouble first started Friday night when the girls were walking home at about 5 p.m. and they came across a group of teenage boys. They asked the girls if they wanted to party with them and they did.

"We know that they then went in and they were drinking alcohol. At some point the young men started to have sex with these girls," said Carl Baker, Redlands Police Dept.

When the teen girls wanted to leave two of the boys, including the one that spoke to Eyewitness News, and his 15-year-old brother volunteered to walk the girls home.

Police say the teens again had sexual contact with each other and it ended when the father of one of the girls came home.

"Their dad showed up as we were leaving. He kind of got mad so I think they told him that we raped them," said the accused boy.

Three boys - ages 15, 16 and 17 - are facing sex charges and are in Juvenile Hall. A 17-year-old was arrested but has been released pending further investigation. Police have not released their names.

The girls did not file a police report until Monday. Despite their earlier claims that they were drugged investigators have ruled that out.

"The girls say one thing has happened. The boys are saying another thing happened. We have to look at all of the evidence," said Carl Baker, Redlands Police Dept.

The evidence was handed over to the district attorney Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators are recommending that one of the four teenage boys be charged with misdemeanors.

They say that the one adult who was at home while this was all happening should be charged as well because he purchased the alcohol for the teens.

Eyewitness News reporter Wendy Burch and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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