Child-rape victim's stepfather defends accused

(AP) - The stepfather of a 7-year-old girl police say was gang-raped is defending three of the men accused.

The stepfather said Thursday that the three men tried to get thegirl out of the apartment where she was attacked. He says they werekept from helping by others who held them at gunpoint.

The Associated Press generally does not identify people allegingsex crimes and is not naming the stepfather to avoid identifyingthe girl.

Police say the girl was prostituted out by her 15-year-oldstepsister, who watched as she was raped by as many as seven menand boys at a party March 28.

The stepfather's comments came after 20-year-old Gregory Learywas ordered held on $500,000 bail. He is among those the father isdefending.

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