A Texas girl who was just 11 when she was raped by 20 men over a three-month period in 2010 has revealed that she is now seven months pregnant at the age of 14.
The teenager says the baby’s father is her 15-year-old boyfriend and that they plan to keep the child.
The shocking crime gained national attention when police began investigating in December 2010, after the girl’s classmate told a teacher he had seen cellphone video of men having sex with her.
Prosecutors say the girl was sexually assaulted on at least five occasions by 20 men and boys in the Southeast Texas town of Cleveland, about 45 miles northeast of Houston.
The girl was 11 during the assaults from mid-September through early December 2010. Police began investigating that December, when cell phone video emerged of one assault.
After investigators learned of the horrific assault, the girl was moved to foster care but ran away from her group home in Beaumont, Texas in December 2011 and was the victim of another sexual assault while she was living on the streets.
In August 2012, she returned to Houston to be with her family.
She now lives with her mother, brother and sisters.
Her mother, Maria, told KHOU-TV that she was upset when she learned the girl was pregnant.
‘Well, when she came with the pregnancy test, I was like, “Go away, get away from me, I was upset,”‘ she said.
The mother says that she now realizes that this may just be part of her daughter’s healing.
‘I think it’s pretty common that sometimes girls, when that happens to them, they try to find the comfort in someone else, like they want to feel loved.’
The victim, who has not been identified, said she feels nervous about the upcoming arrival of her child. She also said she hopes that people won’t judge her for having a child out of wedlock.
Justice: Rayford Ellis Jr. (left) and his cousin Timothy Ellis (right) both pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child in the gang rape case
Sentenced: Kelvin King (left) and Jared McPherson (right) also pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges in the shocking pare case. They must register as a sex offender once they are released from prison
All six juveniles and six of the 14 adults charged pleaded guilty.
Others opted for trials.
The girl described the series of horrendous attacks that took place in the small Texas community of Cleveland during the trial for Eric McGowen.
She testified that McGowen took her to a house in October 2010 where she had sex with multiple males.
The girl said she was brought into what she described as the ‘baby room’ in the house, and that McGowen and others took turns having sex with her.
Testifying under the pseudonym Regina, the girl smiled nervously and answered questions quietly.
But she began to cry when prosecutors began playing a graphic video tape of her having anal sex during one of the alleged attacks.
She identified McGowen in the film laughing in the background, telling the attacker to ‘beat that ho.’
She described another alleged rape in November 2010 that started in a different Cleveland home the defendants called the ‘boom boom’ room, according to prosecutors, and that continued later at a nearby abandoned trailer.
During opening statements, Warren told jurors he would present them with videotaped and written confessions in which McGowen admitted to raping the girl.
He was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison in 2012.
Defendant Jared Len Cruse also opted for a trial.
In November, he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and was sentenced to life.
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