They were part of a 'depraved rape gang'. They were just 15 and 16 years old.

WARNING: This article contains a graphic description of rape and may be triggering for some readers.

Patricia Montes and Erica Avery in court

They look like the faces of two normal teenage girls.

Two fresh faced teens with the usual hang-ups and anxieties that go with being young these days.

But it seems they are anything but fresh faced.

And possibly anything but normal.

What they are accused of doing will shock and horrify you.

And leave you wondering just how young girls – barely out of childhood – could perpetrate such crimes.

Patricia Montes and Erica Avery are accused of punching, kicking and pepper-spraying a 16-year old girl before holding her down to be raped.

A 16-year-old girl who was meant to be their friend.

Who was lured to a house under false pretenses, and then set up for a rape.

And just to add a seemingly common ingredient in such crimes these days – the whole thing was filmed by another teenager on their phone.

Patricia Montes and Erica Avery have been branded the leaders of a ‘depraved gang rape gang’.

Patricia Montes

They are just fifteen and sixteen years old.

The alleged gang rape took place last year on November 1 in Florida.

According to police reports the victim was at the home of one of the students watching TV, listening to music, smoking marijuana and drinking beer. She says she thought she was at the home of friends.

She thought she had been invited their to make amends after they had fallen out over a boy.

But to her surprise, Patricia Montes and Erica Avery grabbed her, pinned her down and began kicking her in the head.

They taunted her, called her names and told her that they would continue to beat her until she agreed to have sex with a 19-year-old man who lived in the house.

Erica Avery

The girl refused, and Montes, Avery and three others continued to beat her, telling her that they wouldn’t let up until she agreed.

The teenagers beat the 16-year-old girl so badly that she broke bones in her face and bled from her ear.


Prosecutor Maria Schneider told the judge that the two girls ‘should be treated like thugs.’

She detailing how the victim pleaded with them to stop as she held her arms over her face to protect herself from their unrelenting blows.

‘The cruelty shown on this video . . . this was repeated over and over again . . . The girls are trying to remove her bra. You saw the victim sitting on the toilet crying, her face blown up and swollen from injuries, and then they beat her,’ Schneider said.

The police reports then detail how the girls dragged her by her hair into a bedroom, where they stripped her of her clothes and a 19-year-old man raped her.

Afterwards, they told her she could leave, as long as she left her shoes.

One of the girls then, as a final humiliation, spits on her.

Over the weekend phone footage – which caught the vicious attacks on camera but not the alleged rape – was shown on US TV.

The two alleged perpetrators Montes and Avery are charged with two counts each of felony armed sexual assault and kidnapping. Both have been charged as adults.

At a bail hearing in November it is reported at Avery grinned and rolled her eyes throughout the proceedings.

Their lawyer had to ask Avery to stop smirking and laughing

Her lawyer had to rein her in.

The other teenagers involved – Dwight Henry aged 17; Lanel Singleton aged 18 and Jayvon Woolfork, 19, all face charges of capital felony sexual assault and kidnapping.

All have pleaded not guilty.

The lawyer for Lanel Singleton, who is believed to have recorded the clips, is expected to ask that his case be separated from his four co-defendants, as by videotaping the attack Singleton considered himself a bystander in the incident and not a participant.

He remains in jail along with Henry, Woolfork and Avery.

Patricia Montes is out on bond.

We will keep you updated.

If you or anyone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault. Help is available. Call the National Sexual Assault, Domestic, Family Violence Counselling Service 24/7 on  1800 737 732