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.