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At least 18 charged in gang rape of 11-yr-old Texas girl

CLEVELAND, TX (CNN) - Four young men were in court northeast of Houston Monday, charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.

All four are students in the Cleveland Independent School District.

They are just a few of the suspects in the alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl.

A number of juveniles were ushered into the courthouse in handcuffs appearing in a courtroom that was off limits to news media. Their loved ones would not speak with CNN, and several adult defendants were being arraigned, among them Marcus Anthony Porchia, and Kelvin King, all pleading not guilty. Attorney James Evans represents four of the suspects.

"It's a tragic situation as we have all come to realize. The families are dealing with it. It is very stressful environment," said Evans.

Police say an abandoned trailer house is where the eleven-year-old girl was gang-raped. Well over a dozen men and boys have been charged. But this defense attorney expects even more arrests.

"I've heard as many as 28 or more. The case now has 16 or 17 people who have been arrested," said Evans.

The 18 charged so far are between the ages of 14 and 27.

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