When a group of four students from Atlantic High school decided to skip school after lunch on Feb. 18, 2010, prosecutors told a jury Thursday, they never imagined that it would end with a bizarre and violent encounter with a pair of strangers that made them commit sex acts on one another at gunpoint.
Assistant State Attorney Jo Wilensky told jurors that Massillon Lherisson, 25, and Francisco Henry, 26 – both facing 17 counts of armed sexual battery, three counts of armed robbery, and four counts of unlawful imprisonment – found the teens playing cards in an abandoned house and played with them for a while before Lherisson took out a gun.
Wilensky and fellow prosecutor Chrichet Mixon say the victims will testify that the two men then forced them to put all their belongings on the counter.
“But that wasn’t enough, that wasn’t enough for Lherisson,” Wilensky said, adding that the pair then sexually assaulted the only girl in the group of four and eventually had the four of them perform sexual acts on one another.
Henry’s attorneys, Crystal Kim and Joseph Walsh, and Lherisson’s attorney, Joshua LeRoy, told jurors in their opening statements that neither of their clients was involved in the attack.
Kim told jurors that the case against Henry was one of mistaken identity. Delray Beach Police placed a photo of Henry, who had twists in his hair, into a photo lineup with five other men with closely cropped hair after witnesses identified one of the assailants as having dreadlocks.
The first witnesses in the trial are expected to be the alleged victims.
Lherisson and Henry first stood trial in 2012, but that trial ended in a mistrial shortly before prosecutors rested their case.