Prosecutors: Facebook assault victim was threatened with dog

Prosecutors: Facebook assault victim was threatened with dog

Lindsey Duncan
April 6, 2017

One of the suspects broadcast the assault on Facebook Live, and authorities have said that as many as 40 people saw it.

It would appear that the two of them met the 15-year-old Chicago girl on the 19 of March in a park. Prosecutors revealed that in addition to the Facebook Live stream, they have found incriminating evidence on both teens' Facebook pages, including a second video that was sent to a third party using the app's Messenger service.

During a juvenile hearing Tuesday, prosecutors said the victim on March 19 was lured by an acquaintance into a North Lawndale basement, where she was raped and forced to perform oral sex under fear of being attacked by a pit bill, the Sun-Times reported.

And as if the attack wasn't agonizing enough, "there's constant social media ... bullying she's enduring", people simply "making fun of what occurred", Deenihan said.

In court, investigators said a 14-year-old boy charged in connection with the attack had told the victim she could "have sex the easy way or the hard way".

Over the weekend, a 14-year-old boy was also arrested in connection with the attack, and both suspects were charged as jouveniles with aggravated criminal assault, manufacturing of child porn and dissemination of child porn. But as news of the assault spread through her neighborhood, strangers began ringing the family's doorbell and approaching the home in a menacing way, her mother told the newspaper.

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A second teenager suspected in the sexual assault of a Chicago teenager that was streamed on Facebook Live turned himself in to police on Monday afternoon.

Gardner said while the boy may not have had intercourse with the girl, the charges were appropriate because he was there and videotaped another person raping the girl, which under the law of accountability, allows for the charges.

"They've humiliated themselves, humiliated their families, and now they're going to be held accountable for what they did", Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. Crisis responder Andrew Holmes is in touch with the girl's family.

The girl, who cops describe as "traumatized", was subsequently moved to a "safe place" outside of the neighborhood, her mother added.

Johnson was leaving a West Side police station on March 20 when the girl's mother stopped him and showed him images of her daughter being attacked.