4 TEENS CHARGED IN GANG RAPE BIRMINGHAM PUPIL, 18, PLEADS NOT GUILTY.Byline: Lisa Van Proyen Staff Writer
VAN NUYS - Three juveniles and an adult were charged Wednesday in connection with the alleged gang rape gang rape
Rape of a victim by several attackers in rapid succession.
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The adult, Nathaniel Sanchez, 18, of Van Nuys pleaded not guilty Wednesday in court to one count of attempted rape of an unconscious person, said Sandi Gibbons Famous people named Gibbons include:
Sanchez was arrested Tuesday.
Three juveniles were arrested Monday and are expected to be arraigned today in Sylmar Juvenile Court juvenile court
Special court handling problems of delinquent, neglected, or abused children. Two types of cases are processed by a juvenile court: civil matters, often concerning care of an abandoned or impoverished child, and criminal matters, arising from antisocial , Gibbons said. Citing the suspects' young ages, authorities identified them only as 14-, 16- and 17-year-old Birmingham High students from Van Nuys and Reseda.
All the juveniles were charged with one count of sodomy sodomy
Noncoital carnal copulation. Sodomy is a crime in some jurisdictions. Some sodomy laws, particularly in Middle Eastern countries and those jurisdictions observing Shari'ah law, provide penalties as severe as life imprisonment for homosexual intercourse, even if the of an unconscious person.
The 16- and 17-year-olds were also charged with one count each of rape of an unconscious person, Gibbons said. The 14-year-old was also charged with one count of attempted rape.
Prosecutors are expected to ask that the 16- and 17-year-olds be tried as adults.
The suspects remained in custody Wednesday, officials said.
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2. LAPD - Los Angeles Police Department. detectives in the Major Assault Crimes section at the Van Nuys Division continued investigating the case Wednesday, searching for ``outstanding suspects,'' one detective said.
The teen-age girl was treated and released from a Woodland Hills area hospital Friday night, police said. She was admitted there after suffering from ``severe alcohol intoxication intoxication, condition of body tissue affected by a poisonous substance. Poisonous materials, or toxins, are to be found in heavy metals such as lead and mercury, in drugs, in chemicals such as alcohol and carbon tetrachloride, in gases such as carbon monoxide, and ,'' said Detective Craig Rhudy, the Major Assault Crimes coordinator for the Van Nuys Division.
The rape occurred during school hours as at least 15 students ``played hooky from school'' at the Van Nuys home of one of the students, whose parents were at work, said Officer Charlotte Broughton, a spokeswoman for the Police Department.
The girl drank a large amount of alcohol, passed out and then was assaulted, Rhudy said.
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At Birmingham High, 17-year-old student Jesten Hayman said he attended the party and knows the victim but did not witness an attack. He said at least 50 students attended. He saw students drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana marijuana or marihuana, drug obtained from the flowering tops, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa (see hemp) or C. indica; the latter species can withstand colder climates. .
``I'm trying to find out what happened. That's not right. That's just giving our school a bad name. When we go to some of these parties, everyone gets drunk,'' Hayman said.
School board member Julie Korenstein said the district would conduct an investigation.
``There are serious consequences to drinking heavily and getting out of control,'' she said. ``Any time an individual is violated like that, it's barbaric. It's uncivilized. It's the lowest form of how we relate to one another. It troubles me to think that students would do that to fellow students.''
Officials at the school refused to comment on the case.
Staff Writer Jason Kandel contributed to this story.