Details are emerging surrounding a night where prosecutors say three Hispanic men took turns raping a woman at a house party in Bellevue, Nebraska.
One of the men responsible for crime faced a judge Friday after being charged with sexually assaulting the victim. Cristian Vasquez, Cesar Lopez-Barbosa, and Victor Guzman are all facing charges of sexual assault. Vasquez tried to flee but was found in Texas and had to be extradited back to Nebraska to face the charges.
One neighbor named Chaunicy Roddy who lives just feet away from the home where the party took place said, "This is like my first time hearing this. You don't know like…you could be at that party one time or something and that could happen."
Deputy Sarpy County Attorney Laurie Burgess described the crime saying, "The victim had gone to bed and she woke up to being assaulted by several males. It's something actually the prosecutor's office sees every day."
Prosecutors say that sexual assault charges are far too common but the nature of this case, in particular, is deeply disturbing. "It's a case that's pretty difficult for prosecutors. There's a lot of emotion," Burgess said.
Often the victim of the sexual assault is faced with testifying in court in order for those responsible to face justice. Burgess went on to explain, "You have to relive the whole incident. It's just a real emotional thing for victims and it's a hard thing to do."
The crime horrified local parents say their children play very near to where the crimes happened on the night of September 23rd. One neighbor named Laquita Roddy said, "Keep your kids closer. I don't think no one is safe. You just got to be alert to everything that's going on around you."
Three men have been charged so far but the victim described at least 4-5 men assaulting her and more suspects could be brought on charges in the future. Bond for each man charged has been set at $500,000.
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