By: John Roberts
A busy center does not protect women from being attacked and raped.
Philadelphia police say they have arrested five youths accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in a busy recreation center.
Authorities did not identify the suspects because they are minors, all 14 or 15 years old. Police said Thursday that the teenagers have been charged with rape, simple assault and other crimes.
The girl told police she was approached Monday night by several boys who began to speak with her in a city recreation center in the Kingsessing neighborhood.
Investigators say the boys then drew her to a stairwell and attacked her.
The recreation center was busy at night with line dance and basketball. Police say a staff member went to the stairs after seeing several boys flee the area and found the girl attacked.