The men raped the victim in various location in Middletown, according to police.
New Castle County Police have arrested three men, including one from Middletown, who are now facing various rape and sexual assault charges. According to police, the victim is a 15-year-old female who had met the suspects over social media.
According to the police report, the men sexually assaulted the teen at three different locations in Middletown. The suspects have been identified as Steven McAvaney, 22, of Middletown; Paul Coco, 26, of Newark, and Sean Hargett, 22, of Milford.
Police said that the suspects were arrested following an investigation by county police that started on Oct. 16 involving a female, juvenile victim. Investigators learned that the female victim had sexual intercourse with three adult males over the past year, at different times and different locations throughout New Castle County. The investigation revealed that she met and communicated with the male suspects through different social media sites such as, Meetme.com, Facebook, Instagram and KIK.
Investigators learned the victim had sexual intercourse with McAvaney at residences in the 700 block of Waterbird Lane in Middletown, the 700 block of Lorewood Grove Road in Middletown, and the unit block of Reybold Drive, also in Middletown. The victim had sexual intercourse with Paul Coco at residences in the 700 block of Waterbird Lane in Middletown, and the 100 block of Christiana Crossing in Newark. The victim had sexual intercourse with Sean Hargett at an unknown location in New Castle County, police said.
According to Delaware state law, children under 16 years of age are unable to consent to sexual intercourse.
Steven McAvaney has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, five counts of rape fourth degree, and five counts of possession of child pornography. He was arraigned and released after posting $25,000 secured bail.
Paul Coco has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, and five counts of rape fourth degree. He was arraigned and released after posting $50,000 secured bail.
Sean Hargett has been charged with rape fourth degree and five counts of possession of child pornography. He was arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $25,000 secured bail.