CLEVELAND, Texas — A cellphone video that was passed between an 11-year-old girl’s classmates shows adolescent boys and men in their 20s sexually assaulting the girl in an abandoned trailer, authorities said.
Eighteen people — including two star high school athletes and adults with criminal records — face assault and abuse charges.
The investigation began in December after a friend of the girl told a teacher he had seen the video, said a spokeswoman for the school district.
The girl told investigators she was raped at the mobile home Nov. 28. The girl was first assaulted at a house near the trailer, where several young men told her she would be beaten up if she didn’t submit, according to a search warrant affidavit. When the aunt of one of the alleged attackers returned home, everyone fled; at the mobile home, the assault continued.