The horrific crime took place on April 21st in the town of Velbert, North Rhine-Westphalia. But prosecutors only released details about it this week in order to protect the victim, Der Westen reports.
The girl had been with friends in an outdoor swimming pool in the town, which is situated 36 kilometres northeast of Düsseldorf. While she was in the pool a group of young men began to verbally abuse her.
At around 6pm she started to walk home on a path that took her through the forest. At this point a group of eight boys, all aged between 14 and 16, dragged her into the trees and repeatedly sexually assaulted her, filming themselves while they did it.
A group of the boys then dragged her further through the trees. Prosecutors believe it was their intention to carry on their assault.
Fortunately an acquaintance of the girl's family, who was aware that she was missing, was walking through the forest and spotted the boys. She was able to intervene and stop the attack, sending the boys running into the woods.
The woman also immediately informed the police, who started a wide-scale manhunt. Six of the suspected attackers were arrested, but two were able to flee. All of the suspects are of Bulgarian nationality and police believe that the two fugitives may have fled back to their homeland.
“The search is taking place across Europe. We know the names of the suspects,” a prosecutor said in a statement.
Due to the fact that the boys recorded their crime “it should be difficult for them to deny it in court,” the prosecutor said.