A 14-year-old Chicago boy is among several males arrested for a gang rape incident that was streamed on Facebook Live in mid-March and watched by over 30 people who didn’t bother to report the incident to police.
NBC News reports that the Chicago Police Department indicated that at least fix or six males participated in the sexual assault against a 15-year-old girl last month, and among them, the 14-year-old boy who “was one of the offenders in the video.” The boy, whose name is disclosed because of his age, is charged with “aggravated criminal assault, manufacturing of child pornography, and dissemination of child pornography.”
Johnson: "no woman should ever be treated the way this young girl was…Offenders should be ashamed of themselves" pic.twitter.com/150SUp53yV
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) April 2, 2017
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi indicated that authorities only recently found out about the attack after the victim’s mother reported the incident to the police department’s superintendent, Eddie Johnson. She stopped Johnson as he walked out of a police station in the city’s West Side, and showed him the video. Johnson was clearly upset and disturbed by the video, along with the fact that 30 to 40 people watched the attack live on Facebook and didn’t bother to do anything to help the victim.
On Wednesday, the victim’s mother told the Associated Press (AP) that her daughter began receiving violent threats after the video was given to authorities. Kid were also ringing the doorbell at her home and asking for the victim by name. On Friday, Guglielmi said that girl and her family have been moved to a “safe space.”
The incident marks the second time this year that a crime was streamed on Facebook Live from Chicago. In January, an incident made national news when several people harassed and beat a mentally disabled man inside a Chicago apartment.
[Feature Photo: AP/Teresa Crawford File]