Bail Set in Gang Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl

Pat Curry, Nancy Loo and Dennis Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, January 13, 2011

Three teenagers and a man gang-raped a 14-year-old girl and recorded the attacks on a cell phone, police said this morning.

Alex Picallo, 16, Majeed Khalifeh, 18, and Jonathan Leanos, 19, were charged Wednesday with two counts each of aggravated criminal sexual assault in the incident at Leanos’ Stickney home in the 3900 block of Wesley on Saturday, police said. Picallo was charged as an adult.

A fourth suspect, Vicente Hernandez, 22, of Cicero, was similarly charged today. In a hearing this afternoon before Cook County Judge Colleen McSweeney Moore at the Bridgeview Courthouse, Hernandez was ordered held in lieu of $600,000 bail.

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Leanos met the victim, who does not live in Stickney, online on the MySpace site last summer, and they met several times before Leanos took the victim to his house Saturday, police said.

When she refused his request for sex, Leanos took her cell phone and forced her to have sex, police said. He then drove her to pick up Khalifeh and Hernandez, and they all returned to Leanos’ house, where they were met by Picallo, police continued. Leanos told the girl to have sex with his friends, and cell phones were used to record the assault.

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(From left) Vicente Hernandez, Majeed Khalifeh, Jonathan Leanos, and Alex Picallo (Stickney police / January 13, 2011).

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