Two teens plead not guilty to raping two girls in San Diego park
Two 16-year-old boys pleaded not guilty Monday in San Diego County Superior Court to charges of kidnapping, raping and sodomizing two girls in a public park in the upscale Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood.
Leonel Contreras and William Rodriguez, their heads bowed during the arraignment, were each ordered held on $5-million bail. The two did not know their alleged victims, prosecutors said.
The two are accused of forcing the girls, ages 15 and 16, at knife-point to strip naked and then taking turns raping and sodomizing them.
The office of Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis has decided to charge the two as adults despite their ages.
The attack occurred Sept. 3 about 8:30 p.m. when the girls went to the park after a family party.
The assault lasted 30 to 40 minutes, prosecutors said, and ended when the family of one of the girls went looking for her, calling her name. The attackers rode away on a bicycle.
The accused are in the U.S. illegally, prosecutors said.
--Tony Perry in San Diego