Two Men Indicted In Waco Gang Initiation Rape

Eric Eusevio Cortez (left) and Austin Louis Gonzalez (Jail photos)

WACO (June 25, 2014) Eric Eusevio Cortez, 32, and Austin Louis Gonzalez, 19, were indicted Wednesday for aggravated sexual assault of a child in what police think may have been a gang initiation rape, the victims of which were 12 and 13, according to arrest warrant affidavits.

As many as four girls younger than 14 may have been raped, police said.

Cortez was indicted on one count Wednesday and Gonzalez was named in a two-count indictment.

They remain jailed in lieu of bonds totaling more than $100,000 each.

Cortez and Gonzalez were arrested in April after an investigation that started on March 29 when officers were sent to Providence Health Center in Waco to check on a girl brought in by her parents, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

The girl underwent a sexual assault exam and then a forensic interview with investigators from the Advocacy Center and during that interview said she had been raped at least twice by a man in a Waco residence.

The rape occurred the day before, according to arrest warrant affidavits.

The victim, who is 12, told an investigator that Cortez and Gonzalez picked her up and took her to Cortez's home where they got her drunk, the affidavit says.

She told the investigator that Cortez then raped her both vaginally and orally and used his cell phone to shoot video of the assault.

On March 30 two more girls were examined at Providence and again officers were sent to check on their reports that they both were raped at a Waco residence.

Both of the girls had been reported locally as runaways, Swanton said.

One of them, a 13-year-old, told an investigator that Gonzalez took her and two of her friends to Cortez's home where he gave her "marijuana and also Sky Vodka and Smirnoff," and then took her to a back room where he raped her both vaginally and orally.

Police said investigators believe a local gang is "passing the girls around" as part of an initiation.

Grand jurors also handed up an indictment Wednesday charging one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and one count of indecency with a child by contact against Juan Rodriguez Guajardo, who was arrested in November 2013 in connection with an incident that happened in June 2013 that involved a girl who was younger than 10, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Swanton said a forensic interview with the victim led police to believe the incidents of sexual abuse took place over a period of at least two months at a residence in Waco.