School moves to tighten security after gang rape
November 4, 2009
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) – Officials at a high school where a student was gang-raped in a courtyard are moving to tighten campus security with the long-stalled purchase of surveillance cameras, powerful lighting and new fencing.
The measures were disclosed as community leaders sought ways to calm outrage over the Oct. 24 attack at Richmond High School that police said may have involved as many as 10 suspects and 20 onlookers who failed to call police.
“Obviously, there wasn’t enough security or we wouldn’t have had this tragedy happen,” said Bruce Harter, superintendent of the West Contra Costa School District.
Administrators have long pushed for the new measures but couldn’t find the money until now, Harter said.
A seventh suspect was arrested Tuesday in the attack on the 15-year-old girl after she left a homecoming dance.
Earlier Tuesday, police arrested Elvis Josue Torrentes, 21, of Richmond for investigation of rape, rape in concert with force and other allegations that could lead to life in prison if he is convicted. He was being held on $1.2 million bail.
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Prosecutors have filed charges against five other suspects, including 18-year-old Jose Carlos Montano of San Pablo late Monday. He did not enter a plea during his brief arraignment Tuesday.