Times Public Editor: Gang Rape Story ‘Lacked Balance’

In this March 8, 2011 photo, trash sits outside an abandoned trailer in Cleveland, Texas where authorities say an 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in November 2010. The arrest of four suspects means that 17 have now been accused in the sexual assault. The arrests include two players on Cleveland's state-ranked basketball team. A total of seven have been charged, as well as 10 other males no longer in school and ranging in age from 18 to 27. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) Photo: Pat Sullivan/AP2011

"The Times, I have been told, is working on a followup story. I hope it delves more deeply into the subject because the March 8 story lacked a critical balancing element," ombudsman Arthur Brisbane wrote. "The Times should take care to interview mental health and legal experts who can provide context to a story about a vicious sex crime against a young girl." [NYT]