MORENO VALLEY (AP) — A juvenile court judge will decide Monday whether to allow prosecutors to charge four teenagers as adults in the group rape of an 11-year-old girl whom authorities say was lured into a park bathroom and assaulted by seven people in a gang-related crime.

Prosecutors filed a motion with the juvenile court judge asking for the change of venue given the severity and nature of the crimes, according to the Riverside County district attorney’s office. The court papers were not made public because the matter is before the juvenile court.

The charges against each teen, who range in age from 15 to 17, include rape and sodomy, said John Hall, district attorney spokesman. They are also charged with committing the crimes to benefit a criminal street gang.

The defendants were among a gang of six teenage boys and a 19-year-old man accused of attacking the girl March 10 in a bathroom at Victoriano Park in southeastern Moreno Valley, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. Information about the case was not released to the public until last week, when the final suspect was taken into custody.

Prosecutors said an older girl associated with the gang lured the victim into a park bathroom so she could be raped. The park is less than 100 yards from an elementary school.

Authorities could not say whether the older girl or two other boys had been charged because of laws protecting juveniles in court matters, Hall said.

The lone adult suspect, Michael Sykes, 19, of Moreno Valley, was charged March 30 with six felonies, including kidnapping for rape, four counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and committing a crime to benefit a criminal street gang. He also faces several sex offense and kidnapping enhancements.

Sykes could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted, Hall said.

It was the second time in a month that a little girl was sexually attacked in a park in Riverside County.

In February, three 13-year-old boys were arrested after a middle school student told officers a boy sexually assaulted her while the two others held her down at Banning’s Roosevelt Williams Park.

The boys and the victim attended Nicolette Middle School, and investigators said it wasn’t a gang-related attack.

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Comments (36)
  1. caspar says:

    Why not try them as animals and euthanize them?

    1. Ed Rooney says:

      Second it, motion carries!

      1. AJ Morgan says:

        Third it. Kill these rabid animals!

      2. shocked says:

        Do it!! I hope they get the same treatment in jail!!

    2. MC says:

      They have no chance to be productive members of society. Put them away; better yet…put them down so taxpayer’s don’t have to pay for their room/board and meals for life in prison.

    3. candacee says:

      This is when we need a Dexter!!!

    4. Ida says:

      I agree. I’m on your team.

    5. junior says:

      i feel like those people should be put on a island and lefted there till they die

  2. AN EYE FOR AN EYE says:

    This is the kind of news story that keeps me up at night and makes my stomach turn. As the mother of a preteen myself, I am incredibly disturbed at the thought of this happening to that poor little girl. There isn’t anything that can be done to boys like that that’ll fix their animalistic behavior, except perhaps put them out of their misery (and others’ misery) now before anymore harm is done to our children. When I say put them out of their misery I mean KILL THEM. But before that happens maybe someone should shove a large rod up their butts while they are held down and probably screaming. Sick boys who came from sick homes.

  3. JOAN says:


  4. JOAN says:


  5. Liz says:

    I agree. Put them down like animals.

    1. Steve says:

      Or we could treat them like human beings and follow the principles of due process outlined in our state and federal constitution. That way if any of you wind up in a legal jam people won’t be screaming to put you down like a dog, rodent, or some other arbitrary animal. To say that children will never be productive members of society is ignorant and inconsistent with substantial examples of former prisoners who are able to re-enter civilized life successfully after serving their time. Your attitudes do nothing more than contribute to recidivism. The more you tell someone they are no better than a beast, chances are they are going to start believe it.

      1. barkerpatty says:

        Steve, You seem to be a educated man. Education is the only way to prevent things like this from happenig. Prevention can stop the madness before it happens.Take a stand in your neighborhoods be aware talk to the kids and most of all introduce them the Lord Jesus Christ. We all must be more like Jesus. Females are raped and abused all over the world every day. Get envolved stop hiding in your homes. Give up some of your time to spent at the parks, schools and churches. Turn off the internet and the TV”s get out there.

      2. AN EYE FOR AN EYE says:

        Steve, you obviously DON’T have a daughter or know anyone who has ever been a victim of sexual assault. True, everyone is legally entitled to due process, but the TRUTH is that sex offenders CANNOT be rehabilitated. The ONLY thing that has curbed their criminal and animalistic treatment of innocent people, even just slightly, is castration. This is not me having an opinion on the matter. This is TRUTH. These teenage boys CANNOT be rehabilitated, in either a prison setting or extreme psychiatric care. It’s proven in case study after case study. I suggest you spend some time with victims of sexual assault and listen to their violent stories and watch their tears fall and see their bodies shake and watch them vomit over the brutality of what their perpetrators did to them. These boys should be put out of their own misery, which is to victimize and brutalize innocent little girls in the most heinous ways anyone can think of.

  6. Take 'Em Down! says:

    I’m with everyone else. This is one type of disease that can be eradicated.

  7. Tina says:

    Does anyone find this strange that this is the second time this has happen to this little girl? In February and March. Who are her parents, clearly she is not being protected.

    1. My Two Cents says:

      It wasn’t the 2nd time for the little girl. It was the 2nd time a kid had been molested in Riverside County (MoVal and Banning).

  8. bozo T. clown says:

    ALL gang members should be put down as far as I am concerned!!!

  9. john says:

    we wont need to put them down, Someone in prison will…

  10. Richard says:

    @Tina. This was a DIFFERENT girl, not the same one.

  11. Kenneth Howell says:

    What does it take for people to realize that some people are not people. these things are nothing but beasts, and should be executed, then society would be mercifully reprieved from further association with them.

  12. Jamie says:

    Tina… Read the article again… The same girl wasn’t raped twice. This is the 2nd instance in which a preteen was raped by teenagers.

    As much as I agree that monsters like these should be dealt the harshest punishment, death is still not appropriate here for the teens. Their ring leader deserves the harshest form of punishment available and he’ll get it in prison where they deal with child rapists with their own form of justice. The teens need intense psychotherapy and electroshock treatment until their genitals are rendered useless.

  13. Marco says:

    Call me crazy but I don’t feel death is the proper punishment and seems to be a little extreme. These are misguided young men and the parents are just as much at fault for their behaviour as the young men are.

    We need to start focusing on the mental and emotional state of our kids 2day and help them instead of acting like the very monsters that some of you are calling them.
    And not to fault the young lady but where were her parents at? We are talking about an 11 year old girl who apparently was unsupervised.

    How many of you who are writing posts about killing them and throwing them away volunteer any time working with youth, or being a mentor?

    And that’s all I have to say about that.

    1. AN EYE FOR AN EYE says:

      Misguided young men? Are you serious?! These boys didn’t just misunderstand a lesson in life. These disgusting forms of human life decided to shove their peni$es inside a little girl! That’s just the kindest way for me to say what they did to that litle girl. They are NO different than any other sick and twisted man who gets off on children. These boys were sick from birth and they have NO chance to become any positive contributing part of society. They just can’t. It’s not in their make-up. Their make-up is to torture and rape tiny little girls. Death is the only solution with a permanent stop to this type of behavior for them. If these boys don’t go to prison for a long time, trust me, there will definitely be another child on their list of victims. Let’s hope it’s not your child or grandchild.

    2. Dima says:

      Yep, you are crazy! “misguided young men” who knew exactly what they were doing! Do you really think that they ever be productive members of society?

  14. harry haller says:

    Taking this case as a good change in our society to serve justice and just serve justice, from now on any crime committed regardless age, sex or race should be punished according the law. These teenager gangsters usually take advantages of their age to act in a very horrendous way knowing that they have a free jail pass, or at least a couple years in the juvenile penitentiary will do the treat. From now on if they have to be in jail for life, let’s do it; if they have to be executed, let’s do it. Society should protect it self from these predators that for sure if they have a light sentences them will commit more crimes and causing more pain to others because it’s the life they live. In my word I would execute them in the next couple of months to save time and money, and to show to that kind of people what will happen to them if they commit crimes against other people.

  15. lala63 says:

    These little monsters knew what they were doing. I agree with most everyone on here – kill them. Seriously… they did this at this age and will only be capable of worse later down the road. You think they can be changed??? Do you realize how much therapy, etc … that would take to even attempt to change someone who did this at such a young aga already? Who would have the time, money, resources to “change” them? Where would it be done? No. It’s not ever going to happen which means that unless they are killed or locked away for life they will probably do something like this, or worse again and again and again. Also, the parents need to be convicted of the crimes as well. They are responsible for these little monsters.

  16. fish wrap says:

    Chop off their Johnsons and let them bleed to death.

  17. Howard P. says:

    You do the Crime you DO the TIME! All of these Children want to act like Animals, put them in Cages and let the Big Boys toss thier salad, House Rules Fresh Meat on the Table…19 year old and the girl that set it up… Kids now days think they know it all, well guess what grease up and Welcome to the Prison Community..

  18. Brate says:

    Yes, try as animals and put them down, down in the ground.

  19. Marco says:

    Yeah…..Well I’m sure they’ll have no trouble getting a fair trial. No one here is biased.

    My question still stands. Where was the young girls parents and have any of you volunteered working with young people, or become mentors.

    I feel more sorry for some of you posters than I do the situation.

    And that’s all I gotta say about that.

  20. Steve says:

    Two points:

    1. To those who so hastily proclaim, “Off with their heads” (which one I’m not sure), please check out the Innocence Project and see if you still feel that way. The problem with the death penalty is it leaves no room for error. Anyone who says that our jury system is 100% infallible is lying to themselves. Given the limited amount of information that we know about the case (note that the only recitation of the allegations come from a representative from the PROSECUTING agency) I think it’s a little premature to pronounce them guilty. Like I said above, let Due Process do its thing.

    2. To those who say that these children cannot be rehabilitated, I once again say that you are being willfully ignorant of evidence to the contrary. Recall Tookie Williams. His crimes were just as heinous, and he was far older when he committed them. Nobody would dispute that he turned his life around and became a productive and positive influence for young African-American children. The only reason the Governator went through with his execution was political expedience. Tookie is one of thousands of instances where a person committed an atrocious crime, accepted responsibility, and made efforts to chart a new path. Who is to say that none of these children can’t do the same?

  21. Marco says:

    Thank you Steve. I was beginning to believe I was living in a society that advocates public trials.

    I also strongly agree before people jump to judgement let’s hear and get ALL the facts first !

    Then prosecute each individual accordingly if prosecution is the outcome.

  22. Mr. V says:

    Your argument is flawed and misleading. Your comment that “Recall Tookie Williams. His crimes were just as heinous…” is a blatantly false. Tookie was personally responsible for many murders, and as a founding member of the Crips, has created an organization that commits murders worldwide, along with the drugs and crimes associated with brutal gangs. Like most death row prisoners, he tried to “reform” himself. This is easy to do in prison without the influences and opportunities to really test that “reformation”. True reform on his part would have been BEFORE he went to prison, not after. His arrogance was obvious in his final statement when he still proclaimed his innocence of any misdeeds because he had “reformed” himself, which the public is expected to swallow, and is expected to ignore the thousands of permanently dead people and suffering families that are in his wake, as the leader of one of the most brutal gangs in the nation’s history.

    “My lack of fear of this barbaric methodology of death, I rely upon my faith. It has nothing to do with machismo, with manhood, or with some pseudo former gang street code. This is pure faith, and predicated on my redemption. So, therefore, I just stand strong and continue to tell you, your audience, and the world that I am innocent and, yes, I have been a wretched person, but I have redeemed myself. And I say to you and all those who can listen and will listen that redemption is tailor-made for the wretched, and that’s what I used to be.” (The former Tookie Williams.)

    Steve, your heart is in the right place, but your logic is misguided and faulty. I do, however, applaud your self control and tact in not participating in the feeding frenzy that internet anonymity can bring. You are correct that we are a nation of laws and everyone deserves the fullest protection or penalties that these laws can bring once you have had a fair and just trial. Carry on soldier!

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