Texas Girl Allegedly Gang Raped Over Three Month Period


"I just have to believe in all my heart that there's some positive that can come out of this negative situation," she said.

The girl is no longer in the custody of her parents, Myers said.

"It's difficult," she said. "They're [the girl's family] never going to get over it. The little girl is adjusting to her environment."

The girl and her two sisters frequently attended meetings held by Myers' organization. Myers said the girl was a happy and talkative girl, but something abruptly changed in October.

"This little girl was always hugging and loving and in October, she was really, really quiet," Myers said in an interview with ABC News March 9.

When Myers asked the girl what was bothering her, she said, "'It's just something I can't tell you,'" Myers said.

The alleged rapes had already begun when the girl's attitude changed in October, according to court documents.

"It's becoming a black and white issue because it happened over in the quarters. It's segregating our community again," Myers said in the March 9 interview. "The reaction is anger, devastation."

Racial Rift in Cleveland, Texas

The village has a history of racial violence. In 1988, an African-American man was arrested in Cleveland for allegedly stealing a fountain pen. The man, 30-year-old Kenneth Simpson, was allegedly beaten to death by white police officers while in prison. The officers were acquitted of murder charges and returned to work.

In addition, Cleveland is embroiled in a political scandal in which three city council members are facing a recall election after complaints of corruption, the Cleveland Advocate reported earlier this week. All three are African-American.

More than half of the town is white, with the rest of the residents split between blacks and Hispanics.

Most of the defendants have ties to Precinct 20, named for the predominantly African-American neighborhood in Cleveland.

The girl told authorities that the weekend after Thanksgiving she was asked if she wanted to ride around with three of the defendants in the case. The girl, described as a straight-A student by those who know her, rode with the young men to a blue house with white trim, according to court documents.

As the night unfolded, numerous men came to the house and later an abandoned trailer to have sex with the girl, according to court documents.

The video surfaced because some of the girl's attackers used their cell phones to take photographs and to film the assaults.

The girl said that she was told by the men that they "would have some girls 'beat her up' or she would not be taken back to her residence" if she didn't have sex with them, according to court documents.

When a relative of one of the defendants was heard returning to the blue house, the group hurriedly moved to an abandoned trailer. The girl left behind her bra and panties, according to the court documents.

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