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Man charged in alleged rape of 13-year-old

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Austin police have charged a third man accused of raping a 13-year-old runaway. Police say a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by one group, dropped off to find her own way home, then taken to another location where, a 49-year-old man forced himself on her.

People living in the 9300 block of Northgate Boulevard know it's not the safest neighborhood in Austin.

Neighborhood resident, Jawhari Smith, said, "Honestly, my thoughts is, we need more patrol around here, to patrol the youth, you know?"

The news of a 13-year-old runaway being sexually assaulted at two apartment complexes, right across the street from each other, has residents like Jawhari Smith on high alert.

"I have a child on the way as well, so, if my child was to be in something like this, I would be heated," added Smith.

Austin police reports show between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the night of June 29, the 13-year-old ran away from The Settlement Home, a therapeutic living facility for neglected and abused girls...and was allegedly sexually assaulted by a group of men.

Julie Moody, with Family and Protective Services, said, "Residential child care licensing is investigating the operation to make sure that they didn't fail, in any way, of complying with the standards that are in place."

The next morning, the victim says she was walking on Rundberg Lane where she met a woman who invited her to the Lantana Trace Apartments.

Once inside, the victim was introduced to 49-year-old Donald Ray Lewis, who is now charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The victim told police she smoked crack with the woman and Lewis before going into a back bedroom, where Lewis followed, locking the door.

The arrest report states he took her clothes off and had sex with her against her will.

The teen says she stayed at the apartment until July 2 and during that time there were other men who stopped by and forced themselves on her.

"We see a lot of women, a lot of people stay in that apartment, but we've never seen a little girl," said Lantana Trace Apartment tenant, Nesha Barnett.

Barnett lives at the complex, along with Jeremy James, who knows Lewis.

James said, "He seemed like a nice, calm, old school dude, so you know...but to know that happened, it's like, man. I didn't know."

"We have a three year-old little girl and we don't want this stuff happening around here," added Barnett.

"The runaway was reported when it happened," said Moody.

Despite having several infractions for not reporting incidents in the past, Julie Moody, with the Department of Family and Protective Services, says The Settlement Home is in good standing with the state.

"According to our records, any time there has been any type of violation, The Settlement Home has quickly remedied the situation," added Moody.

Lewis was arrested on a parole violation. During an interview he told police the victim was at his apartment, but denied raping her.

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