Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Two College Athletes Allegedly Rape 11 Year Old Girl [J. Mark English]

Olivia Munoz, Mercury News --

FRESNO, Calif. - Police said Monday that more arrests are likely in the alleged rape of an 11-year-old girl by as many as 10 men, most of whom are football players at local community colleges.
Two men have been arrested in connection with the Saturday attack, and officials said they have identified eight others as "persons of interest." Most or all are students at either Fresno City College or Reedley College, police said.
A search of the crime scene revealed evidence that indicated sexual activity, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Monday. That could lead to more arrests pending DNA tests, Dyer said, but he declined to elaborate on what evidence had been recovered.
The alleged victim went to a Fresno apartment complex on Saturday night to visit an acquaintance, police spokesman Jeff Cardinale said. While she was inside one of the apartments, she allegedly was sexually assaulted multiple times by several men.
The girl fled the apartment and sought help from a couple on the street, who called police. She suffered no serious physical injuries, but was taken to University Medical Center for an examination and is now in the care of Child Protective Services.
Mackey Davis, 20, and Eddie Scott, 19, were arrested on suspicion of child molestation with a victim under 14 and oral copulation with a victim under 18. Both were being held at the Fresno County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Police are also searching for a 15-year-old girl, who like the 11-year-old ran away from a Fresno group home on Friday, and who investigators believe went to the apartment complex with the alleged victim.