UPDATE: Twin Falls Prosecutor Responds to Rape Allegations
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX)-Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs has addressed a flood of allegations about an alleged rape that happened in early June in Twin Falls. Loebs tells News Radio 1310 that allegations of a knife point Syrian refugee gang rape that sprang up on social media and numerous blog sites are false. Loebs says a knife was not used and the victim was not physically touched by any more than one person.
He says the victim is a 5-year- old female that was sexually assaulted. The three accused are young boys as well, two considerably young. Grant says there is no proof of rape per se, but a definite lewd act was committed by one of the young boys on the victim. It was not a consensual act, according to Loebs, who said there is no way for a five year old to make that kind of a decision in any situation.
Part of the assault was captured on cell phone and has been taken as evidence. As to the allegations the assailants were specifically Syrian refugees, Loebs says they were not. He also says they were not recent refugees. He notes that there were two different nationalities involved between the three boys.
On Thursday last week charges were filed against two of the minors, the case was sealed by a judge as is the case involving any underage people. The prosecutor says the two are being detained and are not out in public. He says police responded to the call in a timely manner taking the case very seriously.
Loebs says his office has been flooded with calls from media outlets and concerned citizens after the allegations made the blogs during the weekend.
City Manager Travis Rothweiler says the Chief of Police Craig Kingsbury will address the case before the city council meeting tonight at 5 p.m. to dispel the inaccuracies. Rothweiler says they are limited by the judge’s order but will attempt to release as much as they can.
EARLIER VERSION OF THE STORY:
In early June, KMVT-TV reported an ongoing investigation surrounding rape allegation at Fawnbrook Apartments in Twin Falls. Officials did not elaborate or provide more information.
Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs has only said that there is a case that has been sealed by a judge because the case involves minors. In the past weeks, a number of blog sites, including infowars.com, have published detailed reports of the allegations.
The blogs say a young girl was sexually assaulted by three other young people, all under the age of 13, at knife point. Several blog sites also allege the perpetrators are Muslim refugees. None of the information making its way through the blogs or social media attributes where that information has come from.
Twin Falls Police have not provided information confirming the allegations nor has the county prosecutor’s office. The family of the victim also has not come forward and spoken publically about it. A Go Fund Me account has been set up supposedly to help the victim’s family.
The allegations were brought before the Twin Falls City Council during a meeting held on June 13, by several people who live in the Magic Valley. Mayor Shawn Barigar said the council had not been made aware of the report. Video is available of that city council meeting and comments made during the public input section (note: follow link and click on agenda item 6. "General Public Input" to hear citizen's comments to the council) you can also watch the full meeting below.
News Radio 1310 understands the community's concern with these allegations and we will continue to follow this story and bring our listeners the latest. We are attempting to contact the family of the alleged victim.