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Three Utah men to stand trial for horrific gang rape of 9-year-old girl

July 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Three Utah men to stand trial for horrific gang rape of 9-year-old girl

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Three men will stand trial for the horrific gang rape of a 9-year-old Utah girl back in March, according to court documents.

Prosecutors have charged 36-year-old Larson RonDeau, 29-year-old Jerry Flatlip, 29, and 26-year-old Randall Flatlip, with one count of first-degree felony rape of a child and one count of first-degree felony sodomy on a child stemming from an alleged March 27th rape. of the 9-year-old girl

The judge dismissed the charges against a fourth suspect, 20-year-old Josiah RonDeau, 20, after the key witness in the case, the victim’s mother, couldn’t be found, preventing his prosecution from proceeding, prosecutors said.

However, officials said the case could be refiled at a later date.

Several witnesses testified during a hearing on Thursday before Judge Edwin Peterson including a taped interview with the 9-year-old girl.

The mother of the victim told authorities she and her daughter went to the home of a friend she had met in jail for the Easter weekend.

She said the four suspects were also staying for the weekend.

Investigators said the assault occurred after the mother left her daughter on the couch to go into the garage to smoke meth.

The victim’s mother returned to discover her distraught daughter with her clothes disheveled.

During the videotaped interview, the victim gives disturbing details of the alleged sexual assault, describing how the suspects restrained her legs and arms as each took turn raping the girl, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“They took me to the back, and all four of them did that to me, and they said if I tell anybody, they were going to kill me,” the girl said.

A detective from the Utah Sheriff’s Office confirmed the victim was able to identify all three of her alleged attackers from a photo lineup.

Defense attorneys tried arguing the victim’s version of accounts that night and voiced concerns that the mother influenced the child’s testimony, pointing to phrases the girl said during the interview, such as that her aunt “was in on it too” and that her mother said, “they set her up.”

However, Peterson determined there was probable cause for the three defendants, who have all plead not guilty, to stand trial.

The girl has since been removed from her home and placed in the care of state Child Protective Services.

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