5 charged with raping 7-year-old in N.J.

New Jersey police have charged two men and three teenaged boys with gang-raping a seven-year-old girl at a party.

Police in Trenton, N.J., have charged two men and three teenaged boys with gang-raping a seven-year-old girl who was sold by her 15-year-old stepsister during a party.

Authorities said the 15-year-old accompanied some men to the party at a highrise apartment near downtown Trenton last Sunday, and she brought along her younger stepsister.

The older sister sold sex to the men and boys there and then accepted money to let them touch the younger girl, according to police. The touching turned to forced sex as at least seven males raped the seven-year-old.

Authorities on Saturday announced charges against five suspects in connection with the sexual assault. Police Director Irving Bradley said detectives had been working around the clock since the crime was reported.

"We did get a lot of co-operation from the community, which helped break this case," Bradley said.

The accused include Gregory Joseph Leary, 20, in custody since Friday, when he was charged with having sex with the 15-year-old. The other four are Timear Lewis, 19, and boys ages 13, 14 and 17. Each faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment.

Police said they expect to make more arrests.

Before Saturday's announcement, the 15-year-old stepsister had already been charged with promoting prostitution, aggravated sexual assault and other crimes. Police have not released her name, and she remained in juvenile detention Saturday night.

Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer, who met with the seven-year-old girl and her family in his office on Thursday, described their ordeal as a "torment."

"They're in a safe place right now," he said. "I would ask that the community embrace this family — they are going through a lot."

Palmer gave the girl a stuffed bunny rabbit for Easter. He said the family is getting counselling and indicated they may permanently relocate from the city.

Managers at the building said they have stepped up security and promised additional safety measures.

City Coun. Annette Lartique, who represents the area where the gang-rape happened, said crime has plagued the highrise.

With files from The Associated Press