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Prosecutors charge two teens in sexual attack of 14-year-old girl

Updated: 2013-11-16T06:53:33Z

Jackson County prosecutors charged two teenagers after they allegedly attacked and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl who had been sleeping.

Prosecutors charged Jimmy L. Barnes, 18, and Sterling W. Champion, 17, with forcible sodomy. They remained in jail Friday.

Police also arrested three teenagers who are juveniles in the attack Thursday at a juvenile’s home in the 4000 block of East 68th Street.

The girl told police she had been staying at the juvenile’s house because the utilities had been turned off at her house. She knew all of her attackers, according to police reports. Court records gave this account:

Barnes and a 16-year-old boy woke her up just before 11 a.m. and told her to perform a sex act on them. The girl refused, and the two teens left the bedroom.

They returned with three other teens, and they all jumped her, she said, ripping off her clothes and touching her bare skin. One teen repeatedly burned her body with an incense stick. Barnes and Champion allegedly snapped cellphone photos of the attack.

The girl broke free, ran to the kitchen and grabbed a knife. Champion allegedly punched her in the nose, and she cut his arm.

The girl then fled to a relative’s home down the street. When officers arrived, they noted the girl had a bloody nose, a bloody lip and swelling to her face as well as small burn marks. She was wearing the relative’s shirt.

When officers went to the home where the attack allegedly occurred, the five teens ran. Officers arrested four of them.

Christine Vendel,

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