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2 La Crosse teens charged in gang rape of 2 girls inside South Side garage

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Prosecutors Wednesday charged two La Crosse teens in a gang rape of two girls inside a South Side La Crosse garage.

Ronald Crosby Jr.


Heavell Basley


One of the victims said as many as 11 males were involved in the assault at 814 S. 19th St., but Ronald Crosby Jr., 17, and Heavell Basley, 18, are the only people charged as adults in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

A 16-year-old said she and a 15-year-old were in Basley’s garage late Oct. 29 or early Oct. 30 with about 15 other people after the girls had run away from the Family & Children’s Center, according to the complaint.

She said the males raped and hit the 15-year-old before she intervened, the complaint stated.

The 16-year-old girl said she protested and was forced to perform oral sex on “a lot” of offenders until her throat bled. Several males then raped and hit her, according to the complaint.

She told authorities that Crosby forced her to perform oral sex on Oct. 31.

The 15-year-old victim, who suffered internal injuries, said she slipped into unconsciousness after she ingested a drug during forced oral sex before “a whole bunch of guys” raped her, according to the complaint.

One girl also said Basley assaulted her three times and hit and strangled her before calling her a derogatory name for “having sex with all those other guys,” the complaint stated. She also said Crosby assaulted her twice.

Another girl present said the 15-year-old was assaulted at least 10 times but that she couldn’t identify the offenders because it was dark.

Police found a twin mattress, used condoms and buckets filled with urine during a search of the garage.

Crosby denied assaulting the girls.

Basley told investigators he was “being a nice guy” and provided a home for the 15-year-old. He said he witnessed other males assaulting her, before admitting that he had as well, but said she forced herself on him, according to the complaint. He said the 16-year-old was not assaulted.

Prosecutors charged Crosby, of 1317 Redfield St., with sexual assault of a child younger than 16 and first-degree sexual assault, both as party to the crime, and first-, second- and third-degree sexual assault. Basley is charged with four counts of sexual assault of a child younger than 16, one charge as party to the crime, and strangulation.

Crosby is jailed on a $10,000 cash bond and Basley on $5,000.


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