Police have arrested seven more suspects in connection to the sexual assault of a pre-teen girl in Cleveland, Texas.
The following individuals, all from Cleveland, have been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child under 14:
— Jared Glenn McPherson, 18
— Kelvin Rashad King, 21
— Marcus Anthony Porchia, 26
— Devo Shaun Green, 20
— Xavier King, 17
— Eric Bernard McGowan, 19
— Jamarcus Norris Napper, 18
McGowan was already in custody at Liberty County Jail on unrelated charges. Napper turned himself Wednesday afternoon.
Police have arrest warrants for two other individuals they believe are related to the investigation:
— Carlos Bernard Ligons, 22
— Cedric De Ray Scott, 27
So far, 11 suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of that 11-year-old girl around Thanksgiving.
The girl was repeatedly sexually assaulted, according to officials, in an abandoned mobile home.
Many in Cleveland are furious at the thought of such a horrific crime against such a young girl.
But this is a case that has divided this Liberty County town.
Some sympathize with the suspects, saying the alleged victim was a willing participant, even though she is too young to give legal consent.
FOX 26 News spoke with one 15-year old boy who says the girl asked him out, but he turned her down after learning about her true age from his classmates.
Other students echo the notion that the alleged victim did not appear to be a pre-teen.
“To be honest, she looks older than she really is,” says Brandi Foster.
When asked how old the girl appears to be, Foster continues, “I don’t know, I don’t know what age. 15, 16?”
But police seem to be convinced that a felony was committed, and a pretty outrageous one, at that.
And they appear to have a treasure trove of evidence to back them up, having seized computers and cell phones as well as collecting forensic specimens from the scene.
If convicted, the suspects could face life behind bars.
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