According to the police report and Santa Clara County Deputy DA Clarissa Hamilton, the three young men — two of whom were 17 at the time — were hanging out with the victim at Castro Park on the night of the attack. They apparently all knew each other.
They were all drinking, but the 13-year-old was so drunk that she was "completely unconscious" during a portion of the attack. At another point, according to statements made by the defendants, she was screaming for help.
"The acts that occurred are particularly heinous," Hamilton told the Voice last December.
As a part of their plea deal, the men — all of whom are members of the Surenos street gang — pleaded guilty to carrying out the sexual assault "for the benefit of a gang," Hamilton said.
"Gangs thrive on being the biggest, baddest people on the block," Hamilton said, explaining that anything gang members can do to reinforce that image can benefit the group by perpetuating fear of the gang. "That's the culture that gangs thrive on."
This story contains 264 words.
If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.
If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.