Five Manatee County students have been accused of a heinous rape of a 13-year-old girl. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says out of the five suspects, four have been arrested for sexual battery and a fifth arrest is still pending.
Authorities have released the identity of one suspect as 18-year-old Timothy Hinds but the other rapists are minors and they will not release their names. According to the victim, she snuck out of her home on August 18, 2017, to watch Netflix with one of the suspects.
When she arrived, the boy walked her to a bedroom and shut the door. They watched television for 30 minutes until four other boys showed up at his home and the boy left the bedroom. The criminal thugs loudly discussed the victim's age and argued about whether she was a virgin.
When the first boy returned to the bedroom he demanded the girl undress but she refused. He forcibly removed her clothing, got on top of her and proceeded to rape her. Then he left and a new rapist entered the room and proceeded to also rape her one by one until all the thugs had a turn.
One boy denied the rape allegations but later admitted he had sex with the girl but said it was consensual. The boy even told authorities the other four boys had sex with her as well. All of the attackers attend Braden River High School.
A parent from BRHS named Myra Yeager was shocked by the news and upset that the school didn't notify parents of the rape. "At least make an announcement of what’s going on so that you know. Maybe it didn’t happen here but if somebody is going to school here I think we should know," Yeager said.
The Manatee County School District issued a statement saying, "The alleged incident did not occur at a school, or at a school function. Due to student privacy concerns, no further information can be provided. This remains a Law Enforcement matter and any further information needs to be addressed by Law Enforcement."
A sexual abuse worker named Elizabeth Fisher with the non-profit Selah Freedom says parents need to step up and teach their children healthy views towards sex. "We’re raising boys to not understand that this is not acceptable. We’re raising boys to think that girls are there for our pleasure, they’re there to use," she said.
Fisher went on to say, "Girls internalize so much shame and they don’t know that it’s not them. The shame doesn’t belong to them. We need to teach girls that shame belongs to him." All of the rapist thugs are facing felony charges and were booked into the Juvenile Booking Facility.
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