Three teenagers have been charged with rape, District Attorney Marc Bennett confirmed Tuesday.
A police incident report obtained Tuesday alleges that the victim in the Feb. 8 crime was raped by three suspects “while she was passed out.” The report indicates that another person witnessed the rape.
The three young men arrested had attended Heights High School, a school district spokeswoman said.
The three are charged in juvenile court and are being held in the Juvenile Detention Facility, Bennett said in a statement. Prosecutors have requested to try the three defendants as adults, partly because of the seriousness of the crimes, court papers say.
One of the three, a 16-year-old, is charged with two counts of rape and with misdemeanor criminal restraint, Dan Dillon, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said. The 16-year-old also is facing multiple charges of burglary, battery and theft in other cases, court documents say.
The mother of the 16-year-old said her son “did not rape her. He is not a rapist, he’s not a violent person. He doesn’t have a history.” Whatever happened was consensual, she said. The Eagle is not identifying the mother because her son is charged as a juvenile.
The rape charges say that the victim was “incapable of giving consent.”
The other defendants in the rape case are 17 years old: one is charged with rape, and the other is charged with rape and criminal restraint, Dillon said. The two 17-year-olds also face multiple burglary and theft charges in other cases, documents show.
The criminal-restraint charges accuse two of the defendants of restraining a second person – not the rape victim – on the same date as the alleged rape.
Neither the charges nor the police report, portions of which are whited out, says where the crime occurred. None of the public documents give the age of the alleged victim.
The three teens arrested were Heights High students but have not returned to the school, Wichita school district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said Tuesday. She said the alleged attack, at a private residence on a weekend, was not school-related.
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