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Ringleader Of Richmond Gang Rape Testifies


MARTINEZ, Calif. —

A man who was convicted in connection with the brutal gang rape of a 16-year-old girl outside of a Richmond High School homecoming dance took the witness stand Thursday in the trial against two of his alleged co-conspirators.

Ari Morales, 19, of San Pablo, testified in a Martinez courtroom Thursday about the events of the night of Oct. 24, 2009, when he and several others took part in the gang rape and beating. The testimony is part of the trial against 20-year-old Marcelles Peter and 22-year-old Jose Montano, who are both charged with rape, rape with a foreign object and forced oral copulation.


Man convicted in Richmond High gang rape testifies about former co-defendant’s role in attack

By Malaika Fraley Contra Costa Times

MARTINEZ — A 22-year-old man convicted in the 2009 Richmond High School gang rape testified Thursday that he saw his former co-defendant Jose Montano on top of the 16-year-old victim for “like two seconds.”

“Two seconds, three, four, five — it wasn’t even a minute,” said Manuel Ortega, who’s serving a 32-year prison sentence at Mule Creek State Prison for the Oct. 24, 2009, attack in which a sophomore girl was beaten, raped and otherwise sexually abused for as much as 2½ hours in a dark campus courtyard after she left the school’s homecoming dance and drank a near-fatal amount of brandy.

Montano, 22, of Richmond, and 20-year-old Pinole resident Marcelles Peter are on trial on gang rape charges that call for a life prison sentence. Ortega is one of two former co-defendants who took a plea deal that requires him to testify at all future proceedings.

Ortega on Wednesday testified that Montano “raped” the girl. On Thursday, it was less clear what exactly he saw.

“He was on top of her for two seconds, and he just left,” Ortega said. He noted that he saw Montano go “up and down.”

“Did you see his pants down?” an attorney asked.

“I don’t know,” he replied.

The testimony is crucial to Montano’s defense, which is that he got on top of her but didn’t have sex with her or even unzip his pants.

In trial opening statements, prosecutor John Cope told the jury that there will be testimony that Montano’s DNA was found on a condom wrapper retrieved from the crime scene, and that he was seen running around saying, “Where’s that condom?” after raping the girl.

Ortega was a 19-year-old Point Richmond resident when he was arrested running away from the crime scene with the victim’s DNA on him. He had dropped out of Treasure Island Job Corps two years earlier and was scraping by panhandling and stealing things that he could sell, he said.

He said he would frequently hang out and drink in the Richmond High School courtyard; he didn’t know that there was a dance happening that night until after the fact.

Over his two days of testimony, he admitted to ripping off the victim’s clothes after she fell down drunk, trying to force her to give him oral sex, and hitting her and dragging her around the courtyard with Ari Morales, who also took a plea deal. He said he did not see Peter at the scene.

However, Ortega’s testimony was not without inconsistencies.

When asked how many people raped the girl, Ortega replied, “Just two, me and Jose.”

But then when asked immediately afterward whether he raped or had sex with the girl, Ortega said, “No.”

Ortega repeated that he was “very drunk” that night and that he wasn’t in “a right state of mind” when he gave his statements to police.

“I didn’t rape her,” Ortega said.

“So if you are forcing oral copulation within a minute of someone raping her, you don’t think you have anything to do with (the rape)?” Cope asked.

“No,” he replied.


Manuel Ortega Being Escorted Back To Jail After Testifying On June 11,2013.


Richmond Gang Rape Case- Victim Testifies


MARTINEZ, Calif. — The victim of an alleged gang rape at Richmond High told jurors Monday she doesn’t recall the brutal 2009

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homecoming night assault and only remembers waking up with a severe headache and aching body.
The young woman, who was 16 years old the time of the attack, spoke in a soft voice and did not make eye contact with her alleged attackers in the Martinez courtroom.

She told jurors she remembered being at the homecoming dance that night, but got a headache and went outside. She denied the claims of the defendants that she drank alcohol with them.

The young woman – who stood 4-foot-11 and weighed about 95 pounds at the time of the attack — said when she regained consciousness her headache had gotten worse and her body ached from her “neck down.” She continues to have problems with her hip, the young woman told jurors.
She was expected to be on the stand at the trial of 20-year-old Marcelles Peter and 22-year-old Jose Montano at least until lunch time. The proceedings are unique in that there are two separate juries – one for each defendant — listening to the testimony.

The young woman’s father has already given gut-wrenching testimony, describing the horrifying scene as he first saw his daughter following the brutal attack.


The father talked extensively about the scene the night in October of 2009 at Richmond High School and seeing his daughter as she was being wheeled from the scene after the horrible crime. “[Her] face was distorted, ashen, gray, clammy. She appeared to me on death row. Hair was all messed up. Lots of vomit in her hair,” the father said. “[There was a] footprint on the side of her face.” The father, identified as John Doe, described seeing his daughter in the aftermath of the attack as terrifying.

“It is a horror. It’s very scary to see what I did at that point,” he said.

The case centers around who did what in the gang rape of the young woman after her homecoming dance at Richmond High.

The victim was raped repeatedly for hours by as many as 20 people. Montano and Peter were among six men charged in the crime. Two men are awaiting trial, and two others took plea deals



Officers describe brutal scene- Richmond High Gang Rape Trial

MARTINEZ, Calif. —

Jurors heard disturbing testimony Wednesday from police officers who were among the first to see the aftermath of a 2009 gang rape following a homecoming dance at Richmond High School.

One officer said that at first, he wasn’t even sure the victim was alive.


KTVU: Victim’s father gives harrowing testimony in Richmond gang rape trial

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Defendant Jose Montano.


The father of the Richmond High gang rape victim offered some gut-wrenching testimony Tuesday, describing the horrifying scene as he first saw his daughter following the brutal attack.

A news camera was allowed inside the courtroom for opening statements, but not for witness testimony.

The victim’s father was the first to take the stand in the unusual double-jury trial of two Richmond High gang rape suspects, 20-year-old Marcelles Peter and 22-year-old Jose Montano.

The father talked extensively about the scene the night in October of 2009 at Richmond High School and seeing his daughter as she was being wheeled from the scene after the horrible crime.


2009—->Richmond High Gang Rape Case

Richmond, California– known for the movie “Coach Carter.” In the last few years, Richmond has been known for a brutal gang rape of a high school sophomore girl outside their Homecoming dance in 2009 that could come from a bad movie or an episode of a crime drama on network TV.


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