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11-year-old Victim Had Suffered Earlier Sex Assault
Girl Attacked 5 Years Ago By Relative Living In Father's Home
By MARY ZAHN
Posted: Sept. 9, 2006
Sad and scared.
Those were the words an 11-year-old girl used five years ago in describing how she felt about being sexually assaulted by a relative.
One can only imagine her feelings now, after she was sexually victimized by up to 19 men on Labor Day in a north side house.
Court records portray a motherless girl who longed for a mostly absent father and who tried to do the right thing even when it hurt.
Her mother died of AIDS, leaving her 18-month-old daughter infected with HIV, records state.
The "secrecy and shame" issues associated with such a diagnosis are confusing and complicated for a child, prosecutors wrote in 2002, in an attempt to explain the girl's feelings at that time.
The reports note that the girl has lived with her grandmother most of her life. After the earlier sexual assault, which took place during a family visit, the girl feared she would not see her father again if she told of the abuse because the abuser lived in her father's household, records state.
"Her contradictory need to tell trusted persons and to seek protection from the accused juvenile makes sense," an assistant district attorney wrote to explain the girl's angst and stress.
She persevered with her grandmother by her side and testified against the 14-year-old boy, who was convicted of first-degree sexual assault and sentenced to one year of probation and intensive treatment. The girl's father, records state, aligned himself with the boy and did not believe his daughter.
In the latest assault, the girl told police that she had a crush on a 16-year-old girl and went over to her house to visit on Monday. The older girl then directed her to have sex with three teens and a 40-year-old man. When the 11-year-old later went to the basement, she told police, she was confronted by up to 15 other boys and men and performed various sex acts with them.
Police looking for the 11-year-old, who had been reported missing, found her at the home Tuesday and learned of the assaults.
The 16-year-old girl has been charged with party to the crime of four counts of first-degree sexual assault. Her mother was a cocaine addict, had mental health issues, served time in prison and is now deceased, records show.
A 15-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of party to the crime of first-degree sexual assault. Records show he was placed on one year of probation in October 2004 for possession of cocaine. In August he was placed on one year of probation for auto theft and possession of marijuana.
His mother, records show, is a long-time drug addict who has served time in prison. A relative who became his guardian said that in the past the boy was "living on the street and moving from home to home."
On Friday, two adults were also charged with participating in Monday's attacks.
Freeman C. Gurley, 40, of the 3700 block of N. 6th St. and Darnell M. Chaney, 18, of the 2800 block of N. Buffum St. each face counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child and up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim told police she went to Gurley's house Monday to visit a 16-year-old girl, who said the younger girl should perform various sex acts with several young males who were there. The 11-year-old agreed to do so, according to the complaint. As that was going on, Gurley came home from work about 9 p.m., and the victim was persuaded to have sex with him, according to the complaint.
According to the complaint, the girl told police two people held her legs as Gurley and Chaney simultaneously engaged in sex acts with her. Chaney told police he had been outside with his girlfriend when he heard that a girl inside the house was "flippin'," or performing sex acts, so he went inside.
In a news release, Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann said his office will prosecute as many adults and juveniles as the evidence allows. He called the role of Gurley "particularly reprehensible" and noted that an 11-year-old cannot give "legal consent for the atrocious sexual conduct alleged in this matter."
Police continue to seek the identities of other participants, many of whom were known by nicknames. Ald. Michael McGee called their behavior "animalistic" and announced a $2,000 reward for information leading to more arrests and convictions in the case.
Meanwhile, health officials also got involved because of the possible widespread transmission of HIV.
"This assault was a horrific event, and we have horrific concerns," said Bevan Baker, Milwaukee's health commissioner. "However, a sexual assault of this nature is exceptionally unlikely to cause an outbreak in Milwaukee."
Baker said that the Health Department routinely recommends HIV testing for anyone having sexual contact with an HIV-positive individual and for those who have engaged in other high-risk activities.
The agency is working with the district attorney's office regarding HIV testing of the assailants, he said.
Testing for other sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is also likely, Baker said.
Both gonorrhea and chlamydia rates are problematic in Milwaukee. The city had the ninth-highest rate of chlamydia and 13th for gonorrhea in the nation in 2003, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2002, Milwaukee had the sixth-highest chlamydia rate in the nation.
According to CDC's Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, many young people begin having sexual intercourse at early ages: 47% of high school students have had sexual intercourse, and 7.4% of them reported first sexual intercourse before age 13.
As of June 30, there were more than 9,300 people with HIV infection in Wisconsin, with 100 of the diagnoses occurring in children 12 and younger, according to the Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Quarterly Surveillance Summary.
Kawanza Griffin and Derrick Nunnally of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.
From the Sept. 9, 2006 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel