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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2003 4:19 am | Updated: 1:59 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A 14-year-old Scottsdale girl and men accused of gang-raping her told police conflicting stories about that night, according to reports obtained Thursday.

In transcripts from police interviews, the girl, five men arrested in connection with the Sept. 29 incident in Scottsdale and witnesses make disparate claims about whether she was forced or consented to engage in sexual acts.

The girl said at times that she was restrained by the men and at other times was too afraid and intimidated to resist.

Some of those who had sex with her or were witnesses claim the girl either consented to sexual advances, or even initiated sex.

Legal age for consensual sex in Arizona is 18.

The interviews fill in details of what was discovered in the initial investigation, Scottsdale detective Sam Bailey said.

It led police to arrest four Scottsdale Community College students: Vernon L. Massey, 19, a football player at the school; Anthony Levione Stone, 19, Cory Dwayne Council, 20, and Marcus Smith, 18.

Lewis Nelson Miller III, 22, a student at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute also was arrested.

Police have decided not to pursue charges against two SCC coaches earlier suspected of meddling in the investigation, Bailey said.

SCC President Art DeCabooter said the school has dropped its investigation of the coaches’ actions. School officials, however, had concluded the coaches were only contacting the students to tell them they needed to cooperate with police.

The coaches "were not obstructing anything,’’ DeCabooter said.

Police reports detail two incidents involving the girl, one Sept. 29 near downtown Scottsdale and Oct. 7 at a Scottsdale residence. The girl told police she had sex with six men.

The one among the six who was not arrested is a juvenile, Bailey said.

Charges against the five adults are being determined by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, he said.

In the first incident, the girl said she met college students in an apartment complex near the 7700 block of Heatherbrae Street, where she said she had sex with five men that night.

The girl had run away from her family a day earlier after a fight with a friend, her mother later told the Tribune.

She had consumed alcohol and was intoxicated, Bailey said.

In the second incident, two men took the girl to their home after finding her sitting in the middle of a road, apparently intoxicated, Bailey said.

She stayed the night, continued to drink and had sex with a man in the morning.

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