*Just hearing the name reminds us that we don’t have good memories of Waco, Texas. Then we jump on the internet to do some research, and we are reminded as to why we feel this way.
Now more bad news, at least for five teen males and one male adult, puts this city in the news again.
On Wednesday, five teenagers attending Texas’ Waco High School and one 20-year-old man were indicted by a McLennan County, Texas, grand jury in the alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old girl, according to CBS Houston and Black News.
Facing a total of 91 counts, the six men, between the ages of 18 and 20, could face a collective sentence of up to 1,300 years in prison if convicted.
According to police reports, an 18-year-old and a 19-year old allegedly persuaded the girl to skip school and “hang out” with them at one of their homes.
“She went with a couple of boys she thought she knew, and then a bad situation became much worse,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said upon arresting the six men, CBS Houston reports.
The girl says she entered the bathroom with one of the teens to have sex, according to the CBS Houston report.
“I told him to stop, but he wouldn’t,” the victim told police. “Then he walked me out to the bedroom and the other boys were there. They all had sex with me one at a time,” reports CBS Houston.
After allegedly being returned to school by the young men, the girl immediately reported the incident and was taken to a hospital where she was examined with a rape kit.
CBS Houston reports Devoric Javon Evans, 20; Lamont Tray Davis, 19; Day’tron Derrell Smith, 18; Da’Juan Oshea Degrate, 18; and Cory Darnell Hall, 18, were all indicted on 13 counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.
The sixth man, Douglas Demond Canada, 19, was indicted on 13 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of sexual assault of a child, according to CBS Houston.
A Texas law known as “acting in concert,” is one reason why their sentences could be so steep. The law makes every person present at the scene of a crime responsible for the crime committed, even if they didn’t actively participate, reports Black News.