Teens may be tried as adults in Ca. gang rape case involving 11-year-old

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Associated Press

Posted on April 4, 2011 at 7:26 AM

MORENO VALLEY, Calif.—A juvenile court judge is considering whether four teens charged in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl should be tried as adults because of the severity of the crimes.

A judge is expected to rule Monday on a motion by prosecutors to move the Riverside County case to adult court after a hearing in Riverside.

The defendants are among a gang of six teenage boys and a 19-year-old man who are accused of attacking the girl March 10 in a bathroom in a park in Moreno Valley, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles.

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

The adult suspect, Michael Sykes, faces six felony counts.

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