In a horrific incident involving rape of an eight year old minor girl by a nine year old minor boy and his friends was being tried in court. When the boy's teacher testified in court that he had behavioral problems and always fought with other children he started crying in court. His attorney had to request a recess in court when the boy started crying. The boy's teacher reportedly stated that the boy had proved to be a challenge never completed his homework and got low grades. In this incident along with this boy three other boys faced trial of gang rape. According to the police the girl who was eight year was lured by the boys to a shed in West Phoenix by being promised gum. The group of boys involved in the case belongs to refugee families from Liberia, a West African nation.
When the case was reported in the international media, there was a general outcry from all parts of the world particularly because the girl's father was ready to disown her as she had brought disgrace to the family. The matter was later settled by the family pastor who clarified that the remarks made by the girl's father were misinterpreted due to language barrier.
CPS has been assigned custody of the minor girl. The judge in the case is Dawn Bergin and after the hearing she was to decide whether the boy is fit for trial. Two psychiatrists decided that the boy was not. The judge has scheduled another hearing for the case in November. The boy was being represented by a phoenix criminal lawyer. Another fourteen year old is being tried in the case as an adult. A thirteen year old is being treated to face the trial, and a nine year old is being educated in procedures of the court in an attempt to rehabilitate him to be fit to stand trial.
Joshua S. Davidson is a Phoenix Sex Crimes attorney who represents individuals accused of sexual assault and other sex related offenses. Please call him today if you or a loved one is in need of representation