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The father of an 11-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually abused over a 3-month period before being filmed as she was gang raped by up to 19 men and boys described her terrifying ordeal.

The 57-year-old Mexican immigrant said he only discovered the abuse in November after being sent sexually explicit pictures of his daughter on his cell phone.

Speaking to the New York Times, the victim’s father said he had been worried about his daughter for ‘months’, as she had been climbing out of her bedroom window at night, coming home as late as midnight. The girl told her parents she had been visiting friends. He said: ‘Her mind is a child’s mind. That’s what makes me so angry. “She will never recover from this.”

He told the paper that although she was tall for her age, the girl remained a child, her bed piled high with stuffed animals. Cops say the girl was raped repeatedly between September 15 and December 3 by a gang of 19 guys aged between 14 and 27. Four of the defendants are charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child. The rest are charged with a single count of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and all face a possible sentence of 25 years to life in prison. 18 have pleaded not guilty, while the 19th, arrested only last Wednesday, has yet to plead.

According to court documents, one of the suspects called her, ‘and asked if she wanted to ride around,’ the warrant said. Three of the suspects then picked her up and took her to one residence where a fourth suspect lived. The fourth suspect told the young girl to disrobe, she said, adding that she would be ‘beaten up if she did not comply,’ an affidavit recorded. The girl was then said to have engaged in sexual acts in the bedroom and bathroom of the house.

While in the bathroom, the girl said she heard one suspect calling and inviting other people to have sex with her. After she left the bathroom, she saw four men she did not know, the affidavit said. The party were however disturbed when the aunt of one of the suspects returned home. The alleged victim and the men then, ‘left the residence in haste through the rear window of the house,’ the affidavit said.

It was then said the group then moved to an abandoned trailer where the sexual acts continued.

The sixth-grade victim has since been withdrawn from school. Investigators confiscated mobile phones from some of the suspects, after it emerged videos of the alleged incident were circulated around schools, court documents showed. The whole incident has raised racial tensions in the 8000 strong community as the suspects are all black and the girl is of Mexican descent.

Latino community leaders defended the young girl, saying people who have questioned her parental supervision and dress are re-victimising her. The comments were in response to Houston black activist Quanell X who earlier this month said he was concerned only young black men had been arrested. Some who attended a meeting where Quanell spoke, blamed the girl for the way she dressed and claimed she lied about her age. Many allege she had been visiting friends in the trailer – known locally as the quarters – for months prior to the alleged gang rape.


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