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updated: 3/1/2012 6:26 PM

Prosecutor: Wheaton suspect's text says, 'Yes, I did rape you'

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  • Gyan Magar

      Gyan Magar

  • Chet Magar

      Chet Magar

  • Dambar Pithakotey

      Dambar Pithakotey

 

One of three men accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in Wheaton last fall confessed in a text message to the victim, prosecutors said Thursday.

"Yes, I did rape you. It was my fault," Gyan Magar, 21, wrote, according to prosecutors.

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Magar, of Clarkston, Ga., appeared in DuPage County bond court, where Judge Elizabeth Sexton ordered him held on $2 million bail. His co-defendants -- both Wheaton men -- were arrested last week.

Assistant State's Attorney Anne Therieau said Magar brought the victim to a Wheaton apartment in September. The victim was lying in a bedroom, she said, when Magar entered and began kissing her. When the teen told him to stop, two other men entered. Then all three men sexually assaulted the victim while Magar held her down by the shoulders, Therieau said in court.

Afterward, the teen was treated at a hospital, where doctors found evidence of her being restrained and raped, Therieau said. She said the victim later confronted Magar in a text message, to which he replied with the alleged confession.

Magar was taken into custody in Georgia and extradited to Illinois. Also charged are 22-year-old Chet N. Magar and 29-year-old Dambar B. Pithakotey, who live in separate apartments on the 400 block of North President Street in Wheaton.

Authorities said Chet Magar and Gyan Magar are related, but their exact relationship was not immediately clear. All three men are charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and would face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Chet Magar and Pithakotey were charged Feb. 23 after an investigation by the DuPage County Children's Center. They remained in the county jail Thursday on $1 million bail each.

All three men have been barred from contact with the victim and are due back in court later this month.

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