Records: 13-year-old raped as men recorded, cheered

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by KVUE

KMOV.com

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM

AUSTIN -- As many as 10 men allegedly took turns sexually assaulting a 13-year-old runaway Texas girl in an apartment where some cheered and filmed the attacks with their cellphone cameras, according to court records released Thursday.

Austin police answered a call to the Avalon Palms apartment complex at Rundberg and Northgate.

Detectives say the girl ran away from her group home, Settlement Home for Children, on June 30, and got into a car with three strangers.

According to an arrest affidavit, they took her inside an apartment and raped her. She says a group of 10 men cheered and filmed the assault with cellphones. Then, each one took turns assaulting her. It lasted from 10 p.m. into the early morning hours the following day.
 
She says the men then dumped her off on the side of the road. 

Some neighbors say they're not surprised about the incident with all the gang and drug activity in the area.

"They need to be locked up," said David Green, who lives nearby. "She's only 13. She didn't have a chance to grow up. She's going to be traumatized for the rest of her life."

A medical exam confirmed the trauma to the teen's body matches her story.

Juan Lozano Ortega, 25, and Edgar Gerardo Guzman Perez, 26, were charged Wednesday with aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first degree felony. If convicted, they face up to life in prison.

They were being held Thursday in the Travis County Jail on $30,000 bond each. Court and jail records did not indicate whether the men had attorneys.

Investigators found Ortega and Perez because one of them let the girl borrow their cellphone after dropping her off in a neighborhood and telling her to "find somewhere to go," according to the court documents. The victim called her foster brother, who refused to come pick her up, but his caller ID captured the number of the suspect's phone.

Police are looking for more men in addition to the two arrested.

WFAA sister station KVUE is working to find out why the girl ran away from Settlement Home for Children. Neither Austin police nor the home will comment. Settlement Home for Children is a residential treatment center located in North Austin. It helps girls ages seven to 18 who have been been abused and neglected.

State child welfare investigators have also started investigating the Settlement Home for Children, where the girl lived, said Patrick Crimmins, spokesman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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