Girl tells police teenage boys beat her up, tried to rape her - KCTV5


Girl tells police teenage boys beat her up, tried to rape her

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Jimmy L. Barnes and Sterling W. Champion. Jimmy L. Barnes and Sterling W. Champion.

Two Kansas City men were charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl on Thursday in a Kansas City home, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the following day.

Jimmy L. Barnes, 18, and 17-year-old Sterling W. Champion each face a felony count of first-degree sodomy.

According to court records, a 14-year-old girl told police she was sleeping in a home in south Kansas City on Thursday when Champion and Barnes entered the home with others, including juveniles, asked her to perform a sexual act, ripped off her clothes. The girl said they touched her breasts and vagina; they burned her with incense sticks and hit her in the nose, making it bleed. They also took photos of her nude.

"Lock them up. It don't make sense," Sharece Shelby said.

Shelby was upset when she returned home from running errands to find police in her front yard investigating a disturbing crime that allegedly took place inside of her house, at East 68th Street and Jackson Avenue Thursday morning. Her husband's 14-year-old cousin, who spent the night with them, told her and police that several teenage boys tried to rape her.

"I talked to her. She's not lying. One of the guys punched her in the face and she's bleeding real bad. She told me everything that had happened," Shelby said.

The 14-year-old girl, whose identity KCTV5 is protecting, ran to a neighbor's house for help, her bloody shirt and towel were visible as she was being taken to the hospital by relatives.

Shelby said the teen has been staying with her recently because her family is going through hard times.

"Because they don't have lights right now, she's been staying at my house. (It's) no burden or problem to me. I love her to death. She's my husband's cousin," she said.

Shelby said when she left Thursday morning, the teenage girl and her three teenage boys were supposed to be the only ones at the house.

"My kids let company in. I don't know exactly what happened when I left. People weren't even supposed to be there while I was gone," she said.

When the teen fought off her attackers, she ran to a neighbor's house for them to call 911. Police quickly arrived and chased after several boys running from the house. Officers were able to track down four out of the five teens.

Shelby said whoever hurt the teenage girl should be punished.

"They should not have been over here anyway, but my kids and her," she said.

"What would you say if one of your boys was involved?" asked KCTV5's Sandra Olivas.

"Lock them up. This is nothing to play with. It was just like if this was my daughter. Lock them up," Shelby responded matter-of-factly.

The teenage girl sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

KCTV asked Shelby why she and the other teenage boys were not in school. The family said they had previous problems and some were suspended while others were kicked out for the rest of the school year.

Prosecutors requested a cash bond of $250,000 for the men.

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