YCSO charges juveniles in alleged rape
PRESCOTT – Four juveniles are in custody on multiple felony charges in connection with an alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl in Prescott Valley.
Another juvenile and an 18-year-old Humboldt resident, Joshua Donald Excell, remain at large. Authorities have issued a warrant for Excell's arrest considering that he was on probation when the alleged incident took place.
According to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) report, on Nov. 11 the 16-year-old Bradshaw Mountain High School student went with several other juveniles – ranging between the ages of 16 and 18 – to a residence on Kings Highway West in Prescott Valley when she passed out from drinking too much alcohol.
"They all skipped school and went over to this one house," said Susan Quayle, a YCSO spokeswoman. "I guess it all went terribly wrong at that point. Alcohol was involved."
While the girl was unconscious at least two of the juveniles allegedly raped her, the report states. Then, they photographed her in sexually explicit poses and forcibly bound her in a chair with tape around her body and throat, according to the report. At that point, the suspects threw blocks of wood at the victim's head and body.
Later, they took her to another house on Meixner Drive in Prescott Valley where two suspects allegedly raped the unconscious girl again. They also threw objects at her head and body while she was incapacitated in a bathtub, according to the report.
Quayle said besides bruises on her body, the alleged victim didn't suffer serious physical injuries except for those that the suspects may have inflicted during the repeated rape.
Currently, the Yavapai County Attorney's Office has released the charges on four juveniles. Quayle said Excell and another juvenile were serving a term of probation at the time of the incident. That punishment stemmed from a drive-by shooting incident in Prescott Valley, she said.
Deputy Yavapai County Attorney Ethan Wolfinger said the four boys have been in custody since Saturday.
The fifth teen-ager will face charges once authorities arrest him, which is the case with Excell as well.
He said his office may charge the boys as adults. He said he would not call this incident a gang rape because his office doesn't have evidence that shows that all of the five juveniles had sexual intercourse with the girl.
"Certainly they all took advantage of her and showed an incredible amount of disrespect," he said. "But not all of them participated in sexual contact. …The information that we have right now is that only two of them engaged in sexual contact with her. "
Quayle said the Sheriff's Office began investigating this incident after it received a call from a Prescott Valley Police detective. She said another girl, who was present when this alleged incident happened, reported it to PVPD on Nov. 24.
Humboldt Unified School District Superintendent Henry Schmitt said the district is cooperating fully with the authorities on this matter, "which just came to our attention that may involve some of our students."
"The incident under the investigation by the Sheriff's Office did not take place on or near any district property," he said. "I think that is key."
He said once the investigation ends the district will handle issues with any HUSD students according to school policy and state law.
"We have a whole section on student discipline due process," Schmitt added. "Once we get the report, we will determine what we are going to do."
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