Boy, 14, arrested for alleged role in Facebook Live gang rape

By Allen Cone  |  Updated April 2, 2017 at 3:55 PM
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April 2 (UPI) -- Chicago police arrested the first of "several juvenile" suspects in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl, which was streamed on Facebook Live last month.

An unidentified 14-year-old boy was charged with aggravated criminal assault, manufacturing of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography, police spokesman Anthony Guglielimi said Saturday night.

One boy earlier was taken into custody but not immediately charged, a source told the Chicago Tribune.

On Sunday, police said they have identified and are looking for a second juvenile suspect, who is 15.

The 14-year-old suspect was ordered held in Cook County's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center after appearing in juvenile court Saturday, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney.

"They humiliated themselves, they humiliated their families, and now they are going to be held accountable for what they did," Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. "While I know the emotional wounds caused by this savagery will take long to heal, I'm hopeful her story can be an inspiration to so many other young women who are victimized by bullying and sexual assault."

On March 21, police announced five to six individuals were being sought in the attack of the girl, who went missing on March 19 and was found by detectives two days later.

A day before being found, the girl's mother showed Johnson screen grabs of the attack after he was leaving a news conference.

One of the girl's relatives, Reginald King, said a teenager told him about the assault.

"This is one of the bravest things I've ever seen a kid do," King said. "There were adults who saw this. None of them had the wherewithal to say, 'Hey, I gotta call someone.'"

The girl was taken to the hospital and reunited with her mother.

Police and the State Attorney's Office helped relocate the family because of threats and taunts.

The video has since been taken down from the social networking website.

This reportedly was at least the fourth Chicago crime posted on Facebook Live since the end of October.

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