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Trials Ordered in Wis. Rapes

October 27, 1999

DETROIT (AP) _ A judge on Tuesday ordered trials for five suspects in the alleged rapes of four Wisconsin teen-age girls who testified they were repeatedly raped while held captive in a home.

Authorities were searching for seven more suspects named in warrants Monday, accusing them of 16 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Michigan’s equivalent of rape.

The judge bound the first five suspects over for trial, each on several counts of criminal sexual conduct. The move ended a two-day hearing that included nine hours of testimony by the girls.

The girls, ages 14, 15, 16 and 17, and the suspects are Laotian-Americans and members of the Hmong ethnic group.

The girls testified they were repeatedly raped over several days after being brought to Detroit and kept in a house by several males they said threatened assault or death if they tried to flee.

Bradfield ordered the five to remain jailed in lieu of $1 million bond apiece.

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