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7 St. Charles teens charged with raping 15-year-old girl

By Leonard Gray / L’Observateur / April 8, 1998

HAHNVILLE – A 15-year-old St. Rose girl told St. Charles Sheriff’sinvestigators she was raped repeatedly by numerous teen-agers on three separate occasions.

Additionally, on at least one occasion, the assaults were videotaped. Thetape has reportedly been passed around Destrehan High School, but no copy has come into police hands, said Capt. Patrick Yoes, spokesman for thedepartment.

Yoes said the alleged victim was “very intimidated and felt very threatened.”Yoes reported that on Jan. 30, the girl’s boyfriend picked her up, took herto a New Sarpy address and reportedly had consensual sex with her.

Afterward, Yoes continued, the boyfriend left the room and returned with five other teen-agers, three of whom reportedly had sex with her while two others watched.

Yoes said the boyfriend told the girl to have sex with his friends “to prove she loved him.”When they were through, the victim was then taken to an apartment in the Charlestowne area of St. Rose where she reportedly endured rapes by threeother males before she was taken home.

Then, on Feb. 3, Yoes said, she was again picked up by her boyfriend andthis time taken to an address in the Ormond area where she reportedly was raped by at least four other males. After they were finished, they”kicked her out” and she ran home, according to the police report.

Yoes said the girl told police she tried to resist the rapes but was held down and forced to submit. She did not, however, call police to report theincidents until Feb. 16, because, Yoes said, she felt “very embarrassedabout it.”Those arrested as of Tuesday morning include: * Kentrell Jenkins, 18, 117 Ormond Village Drive, Destrehan, aggravated rape.

* Leonard F. Harris, 17, 620 Mockingbird Lane, St. Rose, aggravated rapeand pornography involving juveniles.

* Joseph H. Johnson III, 17, 201 Riverview Drive, St. Rose, aggravated rapeand pornography involving juveniles.

* Dwayne A. Donald, 17, 248 Dianne Drive, St. Rose, aggravated rape andpornography involving juveniles.

* Wendell Smith, 18, 997 East Hoover St., New Sarpy, aggravated rape.* Cleophus Greene, 17, 2 Summerton Drive Apt. 232-A, St. Rose,aggravated rape.

* A 16-year-old St. Rose male, three counts aggravated rape.Most of those arrested were Destrehan High School athletes, according to 1997-1998 team rosters. Smith was DHS’s starting quarterback, Harrisand Jenkins were defensive backs and Donald was a tight end. Jenkins wasalso a guard on the DHS basketball team.

All but the 16-year-old are being held at the parish jail on $200,000 bond.

The juvenile is being held at a New Orleans juvenile facility.

Yoes said yesterday morning that more arrests were anticipated.

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