Testimony continues in Rancho Penasquitos rape trial

Alleged incident happened Labor Day weekend 2011

SAN DIEGO - Testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of two 16-year-old boys accused of raping two teenage girls in a Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood.

One of the girls, identified as Jane Doe 1, gave a graphic account on Wednesday of what happened that night. She said she had a knife to her throat and had asked her attacker at one point if he planned to kill her.

She testified Wednesday in the trial of Leonel Contreras and William Steven Rodriguez. The defendants, both 17 years old, are being prosecuted as adults on 21 counts, including rape, sodomy by force and kidnapping. Their cases are being heard by separate juries.

The teenage girls had been attending a family birthday party in the 12600 block of Spindletop Road when they decided to walk to a nearby park at about 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 3, 2011.

On Tuesday, Jane Doe 2 testified they were attacked as they sat under a tree during the walk.

"They came up from behind us and tackled us both," Jane Doe 2 said.

The teen said the assailants took her and her friend up a slope and into a dark grassy area. She testified that she struggled with the man who held her -- who she identified as Contreras -- and bit him. He responded by putting a bandana in her mouth, and "said if I tried to scream he would hurt me," the girl testified.

Jane Doe 2 said Contreras raped and sexually assaulted her -- holding a knife to her neck -- then switched partners with Rodriguez, who committed the same sex acts against her. The witness said her attackers switched partners again and continued the sexual assault.

Jane Doe 1 said she was too afraid to scream. Her voice cracked as she testified that she had been a virgin was saving herself for marriage.

The girl, now 17, told the jury at one point Rodriguez told her she was beautiful, saying, "'If you had known me before this, I would have been your boyfriend.'"

Prosecutors said the attack lasted 40 minutes and ended when the attackers heard the voices of the girls' family members looking for them.

If convicted, the defendants could face up to life in prison.

Testimony resumes Monday.

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