On Wednesday, five teenagers attending Texas’ Waco High School and one 20-year-old man were indicted by a McLennan County, Texas, grand jury in the alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old girl, according to CBS Houston and Black News.
With a total of 91 counts, the six men, between the ages of 18 and 20, could collectively face up to 1,300 years in prison if convicted, reports Black News.
According to police, an 18-year-old and a 19-year old allegedly persuaded the girl to skip school and “hang out” with them at one of their homes.
“She went with a couple of boys she thought she knew, and then a bad situation became much worse,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said upon arresting the six men, CBS Houston reports.
The girl’s account of the situation began with her entering the bathroom with one teen to have sex, according to the CBS Houston report.
“I told him to stop, but he wouldn’t,” the victim told police. “Then he walked me out to the bedroom and the other boys were there. They all had sex with me one at a time,” reports CBS Houston.
Next, the young men reportedly returned the girl to school, where she immediately reported the sexual assault. She was taken to a hospital and examined with a rape kit.
CBS Houston reports Devoric Javon Evans, 20; Lamont Tray Davis, 19; Day’tron Derrell Smith, 18; Da’Juan Oshea Degrate, 18; and Cory Darnell Hall, 18, were all indicted on 13 counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.
The sixth man, Douglas Demond Canada, 19, was indicted on 13 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of sexual assault of a child, according to CBS Houston.
One reason their sentences could be so steep is a Texas law known as “acting in concert,” which makes every person present at the scene of a crime responsible for the crime committed, even if they didn’t actively participate, reports Black News.