Law enforcement in York, Pennsylvania say that they've finally made an arrest in the rape of a young girl.
The 14-year-old victim was brutally raped at gunpoint outside of the York Fair, by three 16-Year-Olds that attended East York High School with her.
The West Manchester Township Police were originally called to York Hospital for a report of a sexual assault which had occurred, according to a search warrant filed by West York Police at District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy's office.
The victim “advised she was taken to unknown locations, where she was forced to perform oral sex on three males and then forced to have sexual intercourse with them,” according to Police.
West York Police took over the investigation after it was determined the rape happened in that jurisdiction. West Manchester Police have jurisdiction over the fairgrounds property.
Initial reports say that the three suspects followed her, before holding a gun to her forehead and raping her.
She said that after the second series of sexual assault the suspects threw her into the back of maroon SUV and forced her out back at the fairgrounds.
After the incident she said one of the suspects sent her a text message with an image of the gun to try to threaten her to remain silent.
The West York Police Department and the York County District Attorney's Office began a two-month investigation into the brutal sexual assault, before finally bringing the three perpetrators into custody.
West York Police Detective Michael Mendez Sr., the lead investigating officer, said that Kelvin J. Mercedes of the 2500 block of North George Street, Andrew R. Miller of the 600 block of Norman Road, and Daishon M. Richardson of the 1000 block of Hearthridge Lane, have all now been charged with rape, forcible compulsion, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful restraint, and terroristic threats.
All three of the sixteen-year-old animals were members of the East York High School football team, and will now be charged as adults for their crimes.
Police Chief Matt Millsaps if the West York Police Department said that two of the thugs were brought into custody on Tuesday, while the third made arrangements to surrender to authorities at the York County Courthouse later that same day.
All three posted a $25,000 cash bail and will be granted a supervised probation during their release until trial, according to the York County Prison.
District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy's office also ordered Richardson, Miller, and Mercedes to avoid any contact with the victim via in person or on social media until their hearing scheduled for January 11th if 2018.
Julie Randall Romig, the Director of Communications for the school district, released the following statement Wednesday in an email:
<blockquote>”Law enforcement officials have advised that this is a non-school related issue and, therefore, we do not have any comment on the ongoing police investigation.”</blockquote>
<blockquote>”At no time were any students, faculty or staff in danger on school property as a result of this non-school related incident.”</blockquote>
The school board President Eric Wolfgang was also asked if any of the suspects will return to the general population of the school district to which he simply replied, “That's a good question.”
Unfortunately, the lack of concern for other students is troubling and a reminder for parents that such conditions are not safe for their children.
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