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The Boston Channel

Teen Girls Assaulted For Hours

November 26, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Two men are accused in the sexual assault of two teen girls they met on a popular social networking Web site.

Juan Carlos Coello, 19, of East Haven, and Julio Gambana, 18, of Brooklyn, N.Y., are accused in the sexual assault of two girls they met on

Police said the 17-year-old girls were assaulted in the Morris Cove section of New Haven late Saturday night.

The victims met Coello and Qambana on a few weeks ago and had agreed to meet with them this weekend, according to police.

Investigators said the men took the girls to a friend's home and sexually assaulted them at knifepoint. The assault lasted for a few hours into Sunday morning, according to police.

"We want to let everybody know that when you're talking to somebody on the Internet, you don't know who you're talking to," said Lt. Peter Reicherd of the New Haven Police Department. "You have to think of your own safety. You're meeting people you don't know at a location you've never been to before -- it's just a bad mix when you put it all together."

Both girls were treated and released from Yale New Haven Hospital.