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Deputies investigate alleged rape at water park

Courtney Astolfi • May 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM


A teenage girl told investigators she was raped Memorial Day weekend by a fellow Kalahari Resorts guest.

The 17-year-old Michigan girl was visiting Kalahari over the long weekend with a group of friends when the alleged incident occurred, Erie County Detective Dennis Papineau said.

She and two friends were wandering around the resort Friday when they bumped into a group of three teenage men they did not know. The groups encountered each other a few times that day and walked around together before exchanging numbers and parting ways.

Eventually, the two groups met up in the resort's lobby and went back to a room to hook up, Papineau said.

There, the girl's two friends began having sex with two of the men.

It was then the third teen allegedly forced himself on the girl.

“She said she was taken down to the ground and forced into sexual conduct with the male. She said she was saying things like 'stop' and 'I don't want to do this,'” Papineau said.

The girl went on to say no one heard her pleas, though her friend was on the bed right above her, Papineau said.

The girl alerted school authorities to the assault after she returned home Tuesday, and her mother drove her to the Erie County Sheriff's Office later that day for an interview.

The group only knew the girl's alleged rapist by his nickname, “G," although Papineau said he was able to contact the man through the cell phone number he'd given the girl.

During that conversation, the teen contended the act was consensual, Papineau said.

Investigators are now awaiting results from a sexual assault kit and are working to obtain video surveillance from Kalahari, Papineau said.

Additionally, Papineau is in the process of collecting phone records to review communications prior to the alleged assault. 

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