HOUSTON -- The investigation into the sexual assault of a young girl in Liberty County expanded Monday as the number of possible suspects grew to as many as 20.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, an 11-year-old girl was reportedly assaulted inside an abandoned mobile home, and now Cleveland police and the Texas Rangers are investigating.
Authorities have spoken to several male students at Cleveland High School, where two versions of the story have spread all over the campus.
"Some people say she wanted to do it, other people say they raped her," said Sebastian Viezcas, a Cleveland High student.
Under age 17 there is no consent -- it's considered statutory rape, a second-degree felony. Under the age of 14, it becomes a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
Initially, police said there were at least 10 suspects. Now, that number has doubled.
Joe Harrison, who lives near the abandoned trailer, said there was a big group of people there the night of the alleged assault, and he later saw a little girl standing on the street corner.
"What’s that little girl doing out there this time of night?" he said he wondered.
Harris said over the weekend, a group gathered again at the empty trailer.
"That's where they go all the time late at night. We can hear the music from our bedroom," he said.
Harris said he’s sure the little girl he saw on the corner – out of place – was the victim.