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Girl raped by man she met on Facebook, DA says

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 30 2014 04:32:11 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 30 2014 05:49:04 PM CST

Berks County prosecutors are sending out a warning to all parents.

READING, Pa. -

Berks County prosecutors are sending out a warning to all parents after they said a 14-year-old girl was raped by two men, one of whom she met on Facebook.

Gaspar Perez, 20, and Randy Hernandez, 22, were arrested and charged in the rape of a 14-year-old girl on Dec. 30.

"The initial incident was not reported to police immediately, however, it was reported. A forensics interview was done at children's alliance center," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams.

According to police, Perez friended the girl on Facebook. They then began texting each other and had their first encounter when Perez helped move a heater for the victim's mother.

On the following day, Dec. 30, Perez picked up the victim and took her to the 600 block of North 10th Street in Reading, investigators said. There, they said, Perez and Hernandez gave her marijuana, then held her down and raped her.

Adams said this is just one of several incidents that stem from social media.

"But for as long as we have had social media, Facebook and MySpace, we are definitely seeing crimes occurring on a daily basis as a result of social media," said Adams, who urged parents to monitor their children's activity online. "If it goes unmonitored, there is going to be a culprit out there who will utilize social media for the wrong reasons. I would always tell parents to be aware."

Both Perez and Hernandez were committed to the Berks County Jail on $1 million bail.