2 youths charged with rape

Girl alleges assaults while others stood by

February 13, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Two teen-agers have been charged as adults with rape after a 15-year-old girl told Howard County police she was raped by two boys while three others watched Thursday night in western Howard.

Police arrested Guillermo Carbajal, 17, of the 9200 block of Wilber Court late yesterday evening. He was charged as an adult with first- and second-degree rape, second-degree assault and numerous sex offenses.

Another teen-ager, Frank Kwaku Prempeh, 15, of the 5900 block of Harpers Farm Road, was arrested and charged Friday with first- and second-degree rape, four counts of sex offense and second-degree assault in the same case.

The girl, whom The Sun is not identifying because of her age and the nature of the crime, told police she had dated Prempeh, now a 10th-grader at Wilde Lake High School, in years past.

A woman identifying herself as Prempeh's mother called the charges against her son "an attack." She said the girl had invited Prempeh over and that the two were in the midst of "patching things up."

"They don't have any evidence," she said in an interview at the youth's home. "The girl never said no."

When Prempeh and others arrived at the girl's grandparents' residence between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday, they groped her and followed her to a barn at the rear of the property, according to court documents.

The other youths were described in court documents as two unidentified males, a person identified as "Mike" and someone identified as "Brandon."

The girl said she told the boys to "stop" and to "leave her alone," court documents state, but Prempeh and two others followed her as she walked along a fence at the rear of the property.

Prempeh and another male forced her to perform sex acts on them, according to court documents.

Soon after the group left the residence, the girl told her grandparents, and Howard police were summoned to the scene.

Detectives recovered evidence at the residence and searched Prempeh's residence after obtaining a warrant, court documents state. There, they seized clothing that the girl told them Prempeh was wearing during the alleged attack, court documents state.

When arrested hours later, Prempeh told detectives he had consensual sexual intercourse with the girl but said the actions of the other males appeared to be nonconsensual, court documents state.

Carbajal was being held by police last night.

Prempeh was released Monday from the Howard County Detention Center after Fredua A. Prempeh posted 10 percent of a $50,000 bond. Their relationship is unclear.

Now on home detention, Frank Prempeh has been ordered to stay away from the girl.

County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said the ages of the girl and those accused in the case made it "uncommon," but she said many rape cases in Howard County involve people who know each other.

First-degree rape and first-degree sex offense convictions carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.

No court date has been set.

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