A 16-year-old girl was sentenced to up to three years in a juvenile facility for aiding in what authorities said was a series of sexual assaults on an 11-year-old girl by more than a dozen males at a party.
The girl, one of 14 people to be charged in the case, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of being party to first-degree sexual assault. Assistant District Attorney Matt Torbenson said that officials originally believed she had orchestrated the assaults but later concluded her role was less extensive.
The house where the Labor Day assaults occurred was “a community center of chaos” where children and adults knew they could do anything they wanted, Torbenson said.
Milwaukee County Children’s Court Judge Thomas Cooper also sentenced the teen to two more years of supervision. She also must receive sex-offender treatment and counseling.
He suggested the teen could meet with the victim, if the younger girl approves, to help with her emotional healing.
“Maybe there is something you can do to help the victim get beyond this,” he said. “You owe it to her to do what you can.”
Seymour Gimbel, attorney for the victim, told Cooper she was having a difficult time and “will never outlive what has happened here. She shakes when she talks about it.”
The teen has cooperated with police, agreed to testify against others and understands what she did was wrong, the judge was told. Her attorney, David Zerwick, said that despite her age, she “is very childlike in many respects.”