Charges filed in Calif gang rape case

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 1:28 AM
Charges filed in Calif gang rape case

Prosecutors in southern California say they are seeking to try four teenage boys as adults in the alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in a Moreno Valley park bathroom.

Prosecutors tell the Riverside Press-Enterprise that each teen was charged Wednesday with four felonies in juvenile court, including rape and sodomy against a child under 14.

They said the youths should be tried as adults due to the severity of the crimes.

A Riverside Juvenile Court judge will rule on that motion during a hearing Monday.

Prosecutors say an older girl lured the victim into a park bathroom so she could be raped.

The lone adult suspect, 19-year-old Michael Sykes, was charged Wednesday with six felonies, including kidnapping for rape.