Up to 13 Texas men cheered as they filmed each other raping a 13-year-old girl, according to an Austin police report.
The girl told detectives that she was picked up by three strangers after running away from Settlement Home for Children on June 30. Court records said she was taken to the Avalon Palms Apartments and sexually assault by between 10 and 13 men.
KTBC reported that 24-year-old Juan Lozano Ortega and 26-year-old Edgar Gerardo Guzman Perez were arrested on Wednesday in connection with crime.
Ortega is accused of raping the girl while the other men cheered and filmed with their cellphones. The other men then allegedly took turns in the rape, which “lasted several hours.”
Evidence gathered during a forensic exam backed up the girl’s version of events.
An affidavit said that the victim was driven to a nearby neighborhood after the assault and told to “find somewhere to go.” Police were able to track down Ortega and Perez because one of them let the girl borrow his cellphone to call her foster brother, who captured the caller ID.
If Ortega and Perez are found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child, they could be sentenced to life in prison. Police are continuing to search for additional suspects.
State child welfare investigators are also looking into to Settlement Home for Children, which takes care of abused and neglected girls under 18.
Watch this video from KTBC, broadcast July 18, 2013.