In Rockland County, New York today, four young men were convicted of raping and sexually abusing a 14-year-old classmate in her home and attempting to rape another 12-year-old girl in the same home for three days in June.
The boys are 12-year-old Rey Jey Alexis and 13-year-olds Kensley St. Fleur, Guerson Bellevue and Jerry Jean-Baptiste. Family court judge Sherri Eisenpress found all four guilty of first-degree rape, first-degree attempted rape, first-degree sexual abuse and criminal sex act.
The older girl, who is now 15, said that the attacks began on the morning of June 11th, when three boys entered the home, held her down and stripped her of her clothes, which she said she tried to resist.
‘I was yelling and screaming to leave me alone,’ she said, adding she felt ‘pain’ at being penetrated multiple times.
Claiming that the boys knew where a key to her front door was kept, she said that on the second day the boys let themselves into her home uninvited early on June 12th and took it in turns to rape her – only leaving that morning to catch a bus to school for a Regents’ exam that they told her they didn’t want to miss.
The girl claimed that after school, three boys returned to her home with another 13-year-old boy. The boys then discovered her hiding under the bed in her parents bedroom. They overpowered her and held her down by her wrists while they took turns raping and sodomizing her inside the bathroom.
The 13-year-old said that, on June 12, she heard the older girl screaming as the four boys attacked her during the morning.
She told the judge that she and another girl tried to break into the master bedroom’s small bathroom by pushing in the doors and picking the locks with a thin kitchen knife.
She said the boys were leaning against the doors on the other side, where the older girl has testified the boys held her down and took turns sodomizing her.
“I heard her screaming, ‘Stop, get off of me!’” the younger girl testified today. “I banged on the door. I tried even harder to push open the door.”
On the third day, the second girl became a victim.
When the boys returned on the 13th of June to rape the older girl again, she says they broke into her locked bedroom door. She says when they tried to undress her, she told them she was menstruating and instead the boys attempted to attack a 12-year-old girl who was present in the home.
“They pulled me into (the other girl’s) room. I was screaming, ‘Get off of me!’ ” the girl told Rockland Family Court Judge Sherri Eisenpress.
The girl, who was 12 at the time, said she sat on the floor and grabbed her knees to stop the boys from pulling off her pants. They continued to attack her, she testified, even pulling away pillows she used to protect her body.
She said one of the boys — 12-year-old Rey Jey Alexis — tried to rape her and attempted to use lotion as a lubricant.
“I bit him very hard and he started bleeding,” she said, speaking in a low but steady voice. The boys eventually fled when the 14-year-old’s father called and said he was on his way home from work.
The boys admitted in separate police statements to differing degrees that on June 11 and 12 they sexually abused the girls, including holding down the 14-year-old girl and taking turns raping her, prosecutors said in court.
The girls testified in separate rooms by video because The four boys — in dress shirts and ties — took notes during the girls testimonies, smiling at times.
Of course the defense lawyers maintained that the sex was consensual and wanted to know why the younger girl didn’t call her parents or the police if it wasn’t. But she said she was too scared and embarrassed to call adults and also feared her parents would get in trouble for leaving the girls home alone.
Prosecutors said that in police statements the boys have admitted in differing degrees that on June 11 and 12 they sexually abused the two girls, including saying that they held down the 14-year-old girl and took turns raping her.
The 12-year-old boy testified in court that he “swore on everything he loved” that he did not rape the 14-year-old girl and that she consented.
He admitted that the boys were not invited to the house, but that they knew where the spare key was kept and went to the home looking for the 14-year-old girl on June 12.
“We had sexual contact with her the day before (June 11) and wanted to do it again,” the boy testified.
He told the court that he attempted to have sex with the 14-year-old girl on June 12 because he didn’t want to be the only one of the boys that had not had sex with her.
“I didn’t want to be a punk,” he told the court. “I didn’t want to seem like anyone who didn’t do it. It was consensual. I swear on everything I love. She was even laughing.”
The boy also testified that he and the other boys didn’t believe the 14-year-old when she said she was menstruating and that they argued with her about it for quite some time.
“She didn’t want to do something that day,” the boy explained.
He did, however, admit it was wrong to hold down the 12-year-old girl.
The girls finally told their parents two days later and the boys were arrested and charged. In court, Dr. Jamie G. Greene, a Mount Kisco psychologist told the judge that the older girl had become suicidal after the June attacks. The doctor also said the older girl had already been cutting herself as a result of sexual abuse by a step-grandfather.
When the judge delivered the verdict today she told the boys:
“You hurt those girls. You violated them, you caused them humiliation in a very public way. You hurt their family. You hurt your parents.Your life is not a video game,” she said. “I don’t say you are bad kids or you will grow up to be bad adults. But you made some bad choices in those days in June.”
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled and all four of the young men could be sent to a facility for juvenile offenders until they’re 18. For now, the boys remain on home detention.
These kids are in middle school. How messed up can you get in only twelve or thirteen years? I don’t want to just blame the parents because children these days have many different ways to learn all sorts of things — despite what they’re being taught at home. I still have to wonder though, in this entire heartbreaking situation, where are the parents?
I’m speechless at this story, but what do you think about it?
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