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Update: 4 Arraigned. Two adults. All will be tried as adults and face the possibility of life in prison. Those who stood by and did nothing could be charged with conspiracy.
Videos of Richmond High School Gang Rape.
So disgusting. What the hell is wrong with people? Two and half hours with multiple eye-witnesses and no one called for help?
Something I read said the police are watching for anyone who posts video of this attack so they can use it as evidence. People not only stood around, they also made videos, like it was some kind of damn rock concert. Close the school and administer pscyh evals to everyone. Check the water supply too. Something has caused some brain damage in those kids. I can’t believe that anyone would do this without being mentally ill.
And boys, if you have any functioning brain cells left, don’t use them to kid yourself that she will be okay because she has only non-life threatening external injuries. What this does to a person, quite often, is that it destroys her sense of self worth to such a degree that she eventually ends up killing herself.
Here are some details of this deeply disturbing story.
The picnic area at Richmond High School in Richmond, Calif. where police said a 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped and beaten Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, is pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. According to police, as many as 20 people may have witnessed the attack, which lasted more than two hours. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Investigators said as many as 15 people, all males, stood around watching the assault, but did not call police or help the victim, a 15-year-old student at Richmond High School in suburban San Francisco.
“As people announced over time that this was going on, more people came to see, and some actually participated,” Gagan said.
“We have checked Facebook and YouTube to try to find any revealing evidence,” he said. “We’re looking in particular to see if anyone posted any video of the incident.”
Several other individuals were detained at the scene but not arrested, Simon said.
The victim was found unconscious and “brutally assaulted” under a bench shortly before midnight Saturday, after police received a call from someone in the area who had overheard people at the assault scene “reminiscing about the incident,” Gagan said.
“She ended up with those guys under her own will because she knew one of the boys who had gone to the high school before,” Gagan said. “Right now, we’re looking at toxicology reports to determine her blood-alcohol content and to determine if she was drugged.”
According to authorities, the victim was flown to an area hospital in critical condition. She was in stable condition Monday, police said.
“This just gets worse and worse the more you dig into it,” Gagan said. “It was like a horror movie after looking at the evidence. I can’t believe not one person felt compelled to help her.”
“Multiple offenders, multiple people raping over prolonged period,” said Lt. Mark Gagan with the Richmond police.
What makes this crime so shocking is that police say at least 20 people were involved in the rape or stood and watched the crime without going for help.
“These are witnesses that are encouraging and allowing behavior to continue,” Gagan said.
For those who watched and did nothing, it may be morally reprehensible, but it’s not illegal.
“Although this is a very difficult crime to hear about, the fact is California law does not impose an affirmative obligation on anyone to do anything when you are watching a crime,” said Trent Copeland, a legal analyst. – cbsnews