Mountain View Voice

News - December 7, 2012

Three face charges in child rape case

Two 17-year-olds, 23-year-old Sunnyvale man in custody after alleged sexual assault 'by intoxication'

by Nick Veronin

Investigators have yet to release more information in the case of a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by two 17-year-old boys and a 23-year-old man last week.

Mountain View police arrested the suspects Nov. 28 in connection with the rape of the girl, who passers-by found intoxicated at Castro Park, near the intersection of Latham Street and Escuela Avenue.

The case is being classified "sexual assault via intoxication," according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, a spokesman with the department. The investigation is ongoing, but Thompson said police believe they have arrested everyone involved in the incident.

The victim, the two teens and the man met up to drink alcoholic beverages, Thompson said. The victim apparently knew the three suspects — all of whom are in custody and are still being interviewed by investigators.

The two 17-year-old suspects have not been named, as they are juveniles. The 23-year-old was identified as Sunnyvale resident Mario Pinto.

Thompson said police are working to determine whether all three suspects forced themselves upon the girl or if some did not. The police representative declined to comment on the case until the investigation is concluded.

Anyone with any information about the suspects or the crime is asked to call Detective Nanez at 650-903-6356.

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