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Teen victim of ‘heinous’ gang rape may have known her attackers: Police

by Kelly Hartog

The alleged attack took place at a Super 8 motel

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped by three young men in a motel room in Maine on Sunday – and she may have known her attackers.

According to the local news station WCSH6, detectives in Westbrook, Maine, said they were still looking into how and why the 16-year-old girl was in a room in a Motel 8 with the a group of men who are believed to have attacked her.  Two of the alleged rapists were minors, but one, 19-year-old Garang Mojak, has been identified as a suspect.

Police did not disclose why they believed the attack may not have been random, but are reportedly looking into whether drugs were involved.

Westbrook police responded to a report of suspicious activity at the Super 8 Motel on Sunday morning around 8 a.m., reports Maine’s NECN News.

All three alleged assailants were taken into custody and charged with gross sexual assault. The names of the two minor suspects are being withheld.

“It makes it tougher for investigators because they’re human beings,” Captain Steven Goldberg told NECN. “So trying to investigate anybody, especially a child where something that heinous happened to them, it makes it more difficult.”

Police said the girl is with her family and counseling services are being made available to her.

The investigation is ongoing, and this story will be updated as new information becomes available.

 

Photo: Westbrook Police Department

Kelly Hartog is a journalist, editor, author, ghostwriter and book coach. She’s lived in England, Australia and Israel but now calls Los Angeles home, where she lives with her adorable Golden Retriever Bronte (named after Charlotte, not Emily).