POLICE in Jerez de la Frontera have arrested four teenagers for allegedly extorting money out of one of their classmates.
According to police, the incidents began in January when the group forced the victim to hand over all of the money he had received from his family on Three Kings. The extortion continued systematically over the next four months.
The victim allegedly suffered in silence, too scared of the bullies and too ashamed to come forward. He continued to give up not only his money, but also multiple gifts he had received over the Christmas period.
The leader of the gang knew the victim, since they attended the same secondary school. He and the other three perpetrators would regularly intercept the boy as he made his way home, forcing him into doorways or alleys and demanding he hand over money and anything else of value.
Eventually, the boy told his parents what was happening and they filed a complaint at the Local Police station.
The presumed ring leader has been sentenced to time in a juvenile reform centre and the remaining detainees have been released with precautionary measures in place to keep them away from the victim.