Four 16-year-old youths are charged in the gang rape of a 15-year-old disabled girl at the home of one of the boys
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Police say the attackers violated the girl and recorded the assault with a cell phone camera.
The charges followed a two-month investigation by Lockport Police Lt. David Barrancotta.
The teens befriended the girl then lured her to the home of one of the attackers May 12, where they took turns attacking her over an hour and a half, said Detective Capt. Lawrence Eggert.
He said the victim and the suspects were students at Lockport High School.
The four charged are: Dontre R. Woods of Lock Street, where the attack occurred; Dartain M. Ubiles of Frontier Street, Niagara Falls; Nicholas M. Smith of Crosby Avenue; and Antonio J. Sheppard of Gabriel Drive.
Two were charged with first-degree forcible rape and three youths were charged with felony first-degree criminal sexual act. A fourth youth was charged with videotaping the attack on his cell phone.
Despite the variations in charges, Eggert said all four youths are responsible for the attack.
"It's like a bank robbery. Whether you sit outside to drive the getaway car or actually rob the bank, all are culpable," Eggert said.
He said the girl reported the attack to a school counselor, and a report was filed with the police by high school Principal Frank P. Movalli on May 13.
Superintendent of Schools Bruce Fraser said the school is cooperating fully with the police, but was unwilling to discuss any of the accused students.
"We believe in the right to privacy. There are always two sides, and we don't want to be in the middle," said Fraser.
Woods was charged with felony first-degree rape and felony criminal sexual act for using a broom handle to violate the girl. Smith was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act and aggravated sexual abuse. Both Woods and Smith remain in Niagara County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail each.
Ubiles surrendered at Police Headquarters on Tuesday morning, officials said. He is charged with two felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse and first-degree criminal sexual act. He is also in Niagara County Jail on $15,000 bail.
Sheppard, who allegedly videotaped the attack with his cell phone, faces two felony counts of promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child and possession of a sexual performance by a child. He was released on $5,000 bail.
Eggert said the cell phone was confiscated by police, but noted that a 30-second video clip of the rape was erased. He said Sheppard admitted to police that he had taped the other youths raping the girl.
"We're not sure if the video was widely seen by other people, but we did receive some notification from others that the video existed," Eggert said.
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