FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Broward County judge has set bail for two teenage girls accused of taking part in the gang rape of another girl, which the attackers allegedly videotaped with cell phones.
Fifteen-year-old Patricia Montes and 16-year-old Erica Avery are both charged as adults with felony armed sexual assault and kidnapping. The Miami Herald reported that Broward Circuit Judge Lisa Porter set bail Thursday at $100,000 for each girl even as she described the attack as exceedingly brutal.
Porter, who watched the video before Thursday's hearing, called it "disturbing."
"The conduct of these ladies is depraved, it is just unconscionable that people can treat each other like this," Porter said. "Videos don't lie and the video is there."
It wasn't clear when they might be released, and one girl's attorney said her family might have difficulty raising even the 10 percent required for bail. They have not entered pleas.
Prosecutors say the pair and three others invited the 16-year-old victim to a house, where they allegedly pinned her down and began punching and kicking her. Authorities say the group refused to stop until the girl agreed to have sex with a 19-year-old man.
Authorities say the victim refused but was eventually raped anyway, an act not depicted on the video. The other three alleged assailants are also facing sexual assault and kidnapping charges.
The others of Montes and Avery both described them as good girls who would not take part in such a crime. Avery has a history of petty theft, authorities say, and Montes was recently arrested for marijuana possession.
Montes' mother, Patricia Dalecky, said her daughter was not a troublemaker.
"I don't know where it came from, but this is not my little girl," Dalecky said.
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