Richmond High School, CA: Manuel Ortega Arrested After Gang Rape
A fifteen-year-old girl was gang-raped after leaving early from the Richmond High School, California homecoming dance in the East Bay. She was raped by at least four young men at around 9:30pm, and over 15 witnesses were in attendance, nobody doing anything to stop what was happening. One suspect, nineteen-year-old Manuel Ortega, is in custody. Two other teenagers are being questioned by police after the young girl was found unconscious under a bench just before midnight on Saturday.
Police are also searching the web for any videos or photos that may have been posted which show any of this event.
A 15-year-old girl leaving early from the homecoming dance at Richmond High School was enticed into a darkened alley just off campus to hang out with as many as a dozen young men who were drinking.
When the girl joined in and became drunk herself, police say, the men attacked her.
"There is one individual in custody who has made some spontaneous statements that have led me to believe that he is culpable for what happened," Richmond police Lt. Johan Simon said.
So where was security? There were a few police officers providing security, but it turns out that Richmond High School's security guards were told to go home partway through the dance because the school didn't want to pay for overtime. The alley where the gang-rape took place would have been patrolled by security guards, since it was well known as a spot for drinking. Also, the security camera monitoring the alley wasn't recording at the time... because there's no software to link Richmond High School's security cameras to anything. They're props.
"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."