Michael Sheridan, NY Daily News, July 6, 2011
More than a dozen men are set to go before a judge Wednesday in the horrific gang rape of an 11-year-old girl that has torn apart a small Texas town.
Fourteen men have been charged in the incident and are scheduled to be in a state district courtroom in Liberty for status updates. Five minors also face prosecution in the brutal attacks.
The vicious gang rape has exposed racial tensions in the town of nearly 9,000, as the suspects are all African-American while the victim, who is now 12, is Hispanic.
“It’s segregating our community . . . the reaction is anger, devastation,” Brenda Myers–who knows the victim and runs the Community and Children’s Impact Center in Cleveland, the town where the alleged sex crime occurred–told ABC News in March.
The girl later told police that she was raped on at least five occasions between September and December. Some of the attacks included seven to eight attackers.