Charges filed following sexual assault on 14-year-old girl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two men are behind bars accused of trying to rape a 14-year-old girl and more arrests are expected.

The teen's mom says they're not returning to the house or the neighborhood where the alleged attack took place.

Details of the alleged attack are outlined in the probable cause statement from the Jackson County Prosecutor's office.  According to court documents, five guys, the oldest of whom is 18, entered a room and asked the girl to perform a sex act.

When she refused, they held her down and ripped off her clothes.

Jovanna Graham is the victim's mother.

"They were gonna try to make my daughter have sex with all of them," Graham said.

The Jackson County prosecutor charged 18-year-old Jimmy Barnes and 17-year-old Sterling Champion with felony sodomy. Another man and two juveniles are also accused in the attack.

Melanie Austin is the director of education for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. 

Austin said perpetrators exploit vulnerabilities in teens; so both teens and their parents need to be aware of the problem and be willing to take action.

"One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted or abused by the time they are 18 years old," Austin said.

Two juveniles are in custody and police are looking for another man in connection with the attack.

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