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Minor girls found intoxicated, beaten and raped

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Guam Police Department's Juvenile and Criminal Investigation Divisions continue their probe into a reported gang rape. Detectives were activated after two female minors reported that they were forced to drink alcohol and were raped by multiple individuals in the jungle.

An 11-year-old and a 15-year-old are undergoing significant counseling and assistance from Healing Hearts, Child Protective Services and GPD's Victim Advocates unit after they were found drunk, beaten and raped on Saturday. Three people have been arrested and charged in the case while police are searching for at least one other possible suspect.

A graffiti-littered, yellow bus stop off of Bouganvilla Street in the Santa Ana area of Dededo sits in front of an expansive jungle area that has become the hidden playground for a group of male individuals. On Saturday morning police responded to this area and encountered a belligerent 15-year-old girl who was under the influence of alcohol. The girl told police that her friend, an 11-year-old girl, was still in the jungle area passed out being raped by several male individuals.

About 80 yards in to the jungle area, police officers found a drop in the jungle that led them to a drainage ditch. This is where they found the 11-year-old victim, naked and passed out.  It took a few minutes to wake her and when she came to, she began to cry, telling police she "hurt a lot". The magistrate's report indicates that she had scratches all over her body and a bump on her forehead.  She told police that she had been sexually assaulted. 

At the scene, officers confiscated two empty bottles of vodka. 

The 15-year-old told police that around five o'clock that morning she saw her friend in the jungle being raped by 17-year-old Hen Henry and Helpme Roby. She claims she heard 20-year-old Gibson Billias motioning other guys to have sex with the victim, saying, "Come on, all you young bucks."  When the 15-year-old spoke out about what was happening, she says Henry struck her in the mouth and told her not to say anything or else he and his boys would rape her, too. 

She could not remember what happened after that but also reported that she too had been sexually assaulted. 

According to court documents, Billias only said he was the "lookout" for the other male individuals having sex with the two minors, while Henry and a 14-year-old boy told police that they all had sex with the 11-year-old and then Billias provided the vodka and had the two victims drink it.

Billias and Henry appeared for a magistrate's hearing today charged with two counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct. Assistant Attorney General Teri Tenorio proclaimed, "Based on the nature of the charges and the seriousness of the charges and also the danger to the victims and other members of the community, as well as possible influence on the witness, the people request for $100,000 cash bail."

Magistrate Judge Alberto Tolentino ordered that the defendants have no contact with each other or the victims. "1st degree criminal sexual conduct if you are convicted is a minimum mandatory 15 years to life in prison. The court therefore agrees with the government that the $100,000 cash bail is appropriate. If you are able to make that bail, you will be brought back to the court for conditions," his honor detailed.  

A preliminary hearing is set for December 26.  All three defebdants are no strangers to the legal system - Billias has an open criminal mischief case from last year, while Henry and Roby both have prior arrests that were all juvenile matters that are not a matter of public record.

Of note is that police also took a 15-year-old male minor into custody over the weekend, charging him with two counts of criminal sexual conduct and conspiracy.  He remains confined at the Department of Youth Affairs. Police meanwhile have not released any additional information about the ongoing investigation.

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