Then four men arrested were identified as Larson RonDeau, 36, Josiah RonDeau, 20, Jerry Flatlip, 29, and Randall Flatlip, 26. They were charged with first-degree felony rape of a child and first-degree sodomy.
Four men were arrested after allegedly raping a 9-year old girl while the young girl’s mother smoked meth.
According to a report, the alleged assault occurred on March 27, Easter Sunday at a home in Vernal. The 9-year-old victim was with her mother at that home, after the mom brought the girl to spend Easter weekend with a friend she met while incarcerated in jail. As the 9-year-old girl slept on the couch, her mother go into the garage and get high on methamphetamine.
“During that time, the child was taken into another room in the home where she was raped by the four men,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement.
The mother later returned to find her daughter’s clothing in disarray, and the girl wanting to go home, Fox affiliate KSTU reports. The girl later told her mother that as the men took turns violating her, one of the men threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the heinous acts, according to the report.
The girl’s mother notified police, who responded to the home. Officers executed a search warrant and located evidence relating to the sexual assault, such as bloodstained bedding, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
One of the four alleged rapists was identified by the victim from a photograph, and 36-year-old Larson James RonDeau was taken into custody.
According to a press release from the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office issued Sunday, the other three men accused of the rape were arrested March 31 and April 1. Those men are 20-year-old Josiah RonDeau, 29-year-old Jerry Flatlip, and 26-year-old Randall Flatlip.
Larson RonDeau has denied any involvement of the crime. However, the man verified the girl was in the home during the time when the alleged assaults occurred.
Uintah County Sheriff’s Office stated Sunday the 9-year-old victim is being cared for in state custody rather than remaining in the care of her mother at this time.