Edgar Sandoval and Corky Siemaszko, New York Daily News, March 31, 2010
A 7-year-old Trenton girl was sold like a prostitute to a pack of perverts and gang raped by up to seven men and boys.
And the person who pimped out the grade-schooler was her 15-year-old stepsister, cops said.
“Let the boys do what they want to do,” the teen told the younger girl as the leering lechers looked on–then stepped back and watched the men molest her.
“You don’t even know what to say,” Trenton Police Capt. Joseph Juniak said. “It’s incomprehensible.”
The horror show happened Sunday when the teen took the 7-year-old along to a party and left her unattended in the living room while she had sex for money with several men in a bedroom.
When she was done, the teen gave her stepsister a wad of cash and told her to let the men “touch her,” said Juniak.
“It went from touching to straight out assault and rape,” he said. “They threatened to kill her if she screamed or told anyone.”
The 15-year-old was charged with aggravated sexual assault, promoting prostitution and other crimes. She was in a juvenile lockup and prosecutors plan to try her as an adult.
More than a dozen people were at the party and cops were trying to identify the culprits.
Police raided a New Jersey public housing complex Thursday where officials say a 7-year-old girl was gang raped, and arrested 27 people on outstanding warrants.
Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer said the pre-dawn sweep of Rowan Towers was planned before the girl’s attack. He said police hope the arrests will lead to tips that help them find those who assaulted the girl, otherwise the arrests were unrelated to the case.
While the mayor says the arrests are unrelated, police hope they lead to tips that help them find the suspects.
The stepsister is charged with aggravated sexual assault, promoting prostitution and other crimes. No other arrests directly related to the case have been made.
The encounters allegedly happened inside the Rowan Towers Apartments Sunday afternoon. The teen was said to have willingly engaged in sex with multiple men for cash herself.
Police said they have DNA evidence, some surveillance video and leads but need to zero in on exactly who was in the apartment. They said they anticipate making multiple arrests of both juvenile and adult males.
Many of those arrested Thursday were women, who told The Associated Press the warrants were for minor infractions. Police did not immediately return calls for further details.
Residents said the assault was clearly at the forefront of police officers’ agenda during the raid at the apartment building, a high-rise complex so dangerous that police are hired as security guards at night.
Police believe as many as a dozen people were at the party and say everyone in the apartment when the rape occurred could be legally culpable. There were security cameras at the complex and police said they were reviewing all available building surveillance videos.