Jersey Cops Arrest 5 in Gang Rape of 7-Year-Old

Two adults and three juveniles are accused

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 3, 2010 4:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – Two adults and three juveniles have been charged with gang raping a 7-year-old girl who was sold by her 15-year-old stepsister during a party at a crime-ridden apartment building in Trenton, NJ. Prior to today's announcement of new arrests, the 15-year-old had been charged with promoting prostitution. She allegedly sold sex to men in the room, then took money from the man to let them touch her sister.

The touching turned to forcible sex, and at least seven men raped the girl, police say. She had tagged along because she was worried about her older sister's safety. More arrests are likely. Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer said he met with the victim's relatives to offer help and make sure they were able to move out of the neighborhood over safety concerns. "We made sure they got out of the area," he said today.

A group of residents and others stand in a hallway of the Trenton apartment building where the assault occurred.
A group of residents and others stand in a hallway of the Trenton apartment building where the assault occurred.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
People gather outside a vacant apartment in the Trenton apartment building where the assault occurred.
People gather outside a vacant apartment in the Trenton apartment building where the assault occurred.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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