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Teen Pleads Guilty in Richmond High Gang Rape

A 19-year-old San Pablo man Friday became the second defendant to plead guilty in the brutal gang rape of a 16-year-old Richmond High girl in 2009. He's expected to receive a 27-year prison sentence. Four other defendants are due in court Dec. 13.

By Bay City News Service

MARTINEZ – A 19-year-old man charged with participating in the beating and gang rape of a 16-year-old girl at Richmond High School outside of a homecoming dance in October 2009 pleaded guilty in Contra Costa County Superior Court today.

Ari Abdallah Morales of San Pablo is expected to receive a 27-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in a Martinez courtroom this morning to rape in concert, penetration with a foreign object and forced oral copulation in concert, Senior Deputy District Attorney John Cope said. His sentencing is set for Jan. 13.

According to police, Morales and a co-defendant, Marcelles Peter of Pinole, both penetrated the victim with foreign objects and stood by as she was beaten and raped by co-conspirators.

Manuel Ortega, 22, was the first defendant to plead guilty to charges in the gang rape case. He accepted a plea deal in September and was sentenced to 32 years in prison last month on charges of rape in concert, rape with a foreign object in concert and forced oral copulation in concert while inflicting great bodily injury and robbery.

Police said witnesses saw Ortega punch and kick the victim after she refused to give him oral sex and stepped on her head while a co-defendant, Jose Carlos Montano, 21, raped her.

Montano is scheduled to appear in court in Martinez on Nov. 30. The four remaining defendants in the case are set to return to court for status conferences on Dec. 13.

Rob November 17, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I am glad justice is being done in this case. How can people do these acts? It is beyond my understanding.
debra November 17, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I am glad they are getting these prison sentences, they all derserve it, how can you hurt a helpless girl and punch and beat her like it is ok. I hope they all rot in prison maybe they will get some of what they did to her in prison.
Janice Mendez Morales January 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Freeee Pepe ! Ari Abdallah Morales ! Iknew him since we were little and idoubt and still doubt he ever did that . Love u Pepe ! Them other nigga! Got what they deservd thoe !
Janice Mendez Morales January 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Yeah im a girl, and icant imagine anything likevthat happeining to me . But if u knew the whole story.. She was drunk ! And druggd ! She also agreed to go the back dark part of the school like if they wanted to play checkers wtf.? She got herself into that mess and put my Niggah Pepe in there stupid ass girls actin like theyre saints NO ! She knew what she was gettin into smh . Now my cuzzo is in there for HER mess

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