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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2007 12:00 pm | Updated: 4:54 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Victor O'Brien

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – Six men between the ages of 18 and 22 are facing charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl.

The suspects are charged with second-degree felony sexual assault of a child in connection with an Aug. 31 incident at one of the suspects' apartments.

The suspects, arrested by Belton police Wednesday, were: Daniel Lee Chaney, 19; Ivan Douglas Crumbliss, 18; Johnny Ray Embers, 22; Jonathan Medina, 20; Bradley Deon Moffett, 21; and Christopher Alexander Smith, 20.

All of the suspects confessed to the crime except for Smith, the arrest affidavit said. Another suspect, Chaney, said Smith bragged about sexually assaulting the victim, the affidavit said. Also, each suspect admitted he knew the victim was under-aged and had been threatened, according to the arrest affidavit.

On Aug. 31, the victim and her boyfriend visited Chaney's apartment where throughout the day people were coming and going.

At one point, the suspects started threatening the victim not to say a word about anything that happened in the apartment that day or people would "get gangster" on her, the victim told investigators, the affidavit stated.

Chaney then gave the victim marijuana before she had consensual sex with her boyfriend in a bedroom, according to the affidavit.

Afterward, Chaney was sent into the room by the boyfriend and had sex with the victim. The victim was frightened and possibly intoxicated at this time, Chaney said in the arrest affidavit.

Then one after another, Embers, Medina, Moffett, Smith and Crumbliss engaged in sexual activities with the victim, according to the arrest affidavit.

Several of the suspects have prior misdemeanors in Bell County.

Chaney has four prior misdemeanors, including two vehicle burglary charges.

Embers has three previous misdemeanors, including an evading arrest charge.

Medina has seven prior misdemeanors, five of which involved criminal trespass.

Smith has two previous misdemeanors for theft.

Neither Crumbliss or Moffett has any prior offenses.

Rebecca A. Depew will be the lead prosecutor in the case. The bond for each man has been set at $150,000.

Contact Victor O'Brien at vobrien@kdhnews.com or call (254)501-7468

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