Grand Jury indicts 8 in Providence sexual assault case

Pvd Assault

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Attorney General Peter Neronha announced Tuesday that the Providence County Grand Jury indicted eight men involved in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old unconscious girl at a Providence home in December 2019.

The Attorney General’s Office says that the “13-count indictment against the eight individuals alleges that sometime between December 18 and December 20, 2019” the defendants allegedly sexually assaulted an unconscious teenage girl and videotaped portions of the assaults.  None of the suspects or bystanders reported the sexual assault to police.

“The alleged criminal conduct here is particularly heinous and demonstrates utter disregard for the young victim,” said Attorney General Neronha. “The indictment of the defendants marks the next step in holding them accountable and delivering justice to the victim and the people of Rhode Island.”

The investigation was conducted by the Providence Police Department.  The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on November 25.

The complete list of defendants and charges are as follows:

Antonio Roberto Leiva (20)

Providence, RI

One count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of assault with intent to commit sexual assault, one count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault, and one count of failure to report a sexual assault.

Richard Chester (20)

Seekonk, Mass.

One count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault, and one count of failure to report a sexual assault.

Malcolm Baptista (19)

Providence, RI

One count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of assault with intent to commit sexual assault, one count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault, one count of possession of child pornography, one count of obstruction of the judicial system, and one count of failure to report a sexual assault.

Carlos Chacon (20)

Providence, RI

One count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of failure to report a sexual assault.

Jose Vargas (19)

Providence, RI

One count of second-degree sexual assault, one count of assault with intent to commit sexual assault, one count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault, and one count of failure to report a sexual assault.

Carlos Vasquez (19)

Providence, RI

One count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault and one count of failure to report a sexual assault.

Luis Luna (20)

Providence, RI

One count of failure to report a sexual assault.

Erving Colon (25)

Providence, RI

One count of failure to report a sexual assault.

Defendants Carlos Vasquez and Antonio Leiva both surrendered to police in September, after being wanted in connection to the sexual assault.

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