10 Mar '11, 12am

18 people in the US - including boys and men in their 20s - were charged in the rape & assault of an 11-year-old girl

CLEVELAND (Texas) - AUTHORITIES say adolescent boys and men in their 20s could be seen on a cell phone video passed among an 11-year-old girl's classmates sexually assaulting the girl inside a dingy abandoned trailer. A friend went to a teacher, investigators went to the girl and her mother, and authorities say they learned the disturbing images depicted just one of several attacks on the girl last year. Now 18 people - including two of Cleveland's star high school athletes and adults with criminal records - face assault and abuse charges that have horrified and divided their small Texas town. The investigation began in December after a friend of the girl told a teacher he had seen the lurid mobile phone video, said Stacey Gatlin, a spokesman for the school district in Cleveland, about 72km north-east of Houston. Police investigators determined it was recorded inside an ab...

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