Three runaway girls looking for a ride home were taken to a motel party where as many as 16 men and boys dragged them into the bathroom and repeatedly beat and raped them, authorities said.

"These were just children. They didn't go there to have sex or to party," Sgt. Tim McFadden said of the April 6 incident. "It was a vicious attack on them. It's terrible."Three men and seven boys who were arrested last week and over the weekend pleaded not guilty to felony rape charges Wednesday.