4 teens jailed in alleged sex assault of drunk girl

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SAN DIEGO — Four suspects ranging in age from 14 to 18 were in custody Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl after she passed out while binge-drinking with them in a Lincoln Park canyon.

Raatib Quidar Prince, 18, of San Diego was booked into the county jail Thursday on four counts of forcible sex with a foreign object on an unconscious minor.

sexAssaultInvestigationThe other suspects — two 17-year-old boys and a 14-year-old girl — were being held in juvenile hall on suspicion of similar sex crimes, according to police. One of the boys was arrested Tuesday, and the other two minors were taken into custody Thursday. Their names were withheld because they are underage.

About 9 p.m. Monday, a passer-by spotted the unconscious 16-year-old victim in a gorge off the 300 block of 49th Street. Medics took her to a hospital, where she was admitted in “grave condition,” SDPD Lt. Anastasia Smith said. The girl remained unconscious until about 10 a.m. the following day.

Detectives determined that she and a group of teenage companions had consumed “large quantities” of straight vodka prior to the alleged assaults.

“Although she was unconscious for several hours, none of the suspects called for help,” the lieutenant said.

Investigators believe the girl had passed out about five hours prior to being rescued. She has since been released from the hospital and is expected to fully recover, Smith said.

The alleged victim is acquainted with the suspects and attends the same high school as several of them, according to police, who declined to identify the campus. All five of them live near the open area where the unconscious girl was found.

The lieutenant declined to specify the charges that the underage suspects are expected to face, though she said they are accused of committing various types of sexual assault.

Prince was being held on $100,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.


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