Kelvin J. Mercedes, Andrew R. Miller, and Daishon M. Richardson, three 16-year-olds from Pennsylvania, have been charged as adults after they allegedly raped a 14-year-old at gunpoint. According to USA Today, the charges filed against them include rape by force, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful restraint and terroristic threats.
The incident occurred after the group of teens were leaving the York fair. The victim, who has not been named, had reportedly known her attackers, all three of whom were members of their school's football team. She was able to identify two by name.
The victim "advised she was taken to unknown locations, where she was forced to perform oral sex on three males and then forced to have sexual intercourse with ... them," according to police reports. She said she complied with their demands because she was afraid of being killed. She also later received harassing texts from her victimizers.
West York Police Chief Matt Millsaps said that two of the three perpetrators were picked up without incident. The third arranged his surrender.
As of Wednesday of last week, the teens had posted $25,000 bail each. The York County Prison's informed them of the conditions of their probation before releasing them that night. The three are forbidden from making contact with the victim.
The arrests were proceeded by a two month police investigation.
"Law enforcement officials have advised that this is a non-school related issue and, therefore, we do not have any comment on the ongoing police investigation," said Julie Randall Romig, the director of communications for the school district, in an email. "At no time were any students, faculty or staff in danger on school property as a result of this non-school related incident."
[Photo: York County Prison]