Bail reduced for teen charged with sex assult of unconcious girl in Lincoln Park canyon
Police said teens were binge-drinking
SAN DIEGO - One of four people charged in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl after she passed out while binge-drinking with him and three other teenagers in a Lincoln Park canyon had his bail reduced Thursday from
$100,000 to $50,000.
Raatib Quidar Prince, 18, faces a maximum of eight years in state prison if convicted of sexual penetration of an intoxicated person, according to Deputy District Attorney Karl Husoe.
The other suspects -- two 17-year-old boys and a 14-year-old girl -- are being prosecuted in Juvenile Court.
Judge Theodore Weathers cut Prince's bail in half Thursday after defense attorney Stacie Patterson said her client has no criminal record, has a place to stay if released and had a job when he was arrested.
About 9 p.m. on Nov. 26, the blacked-out victim was spotted in a gorge off the 300 block of 49th Street. Medics took her to a hospital, where she was admitted in "grave condition," SDPD Lt. Anastasia Smith said. The girl
remained unconscious until about 10 a.m. the following day.
Detectives determined that she and a group of teenage companions had consumed "large quantities" of straight vodka prior to the alleged assaults.
Smith said that although the victim was unconscious for several hours, none of the suspects called for help.
Investigators believe the girl had passed out about five hours prior to being rescued. She has since been released from the hospital and is expected to fully recover, Smith said.
The alleged victim is acquainted with the suspects and attends the same high school as several of them, according to police. All five of them live near the open area where the unconscious girl was found.
Prince will be back in court Jan. 7 for a readiness conference and Jan. 25 for a preliminary hearing.
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