Boy, 14, Arrested In Sex Assault Shown on Facebook Live

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A day after charging a 14-year-old boy in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was carried on Facebook Live, Chicago police are seeking a 15-year-old boy in connection with the crime, the Chicago Tribune reports. Police are trying to identify others who took part in the assault, but the investigation has been slowed by the trauma experienced by the girl. “She’s just having such a difficult time even communicating what occurred to her,” said Commander Brendan Deenihan. “We obviously have a video of the incident, so we have verifiable objective evidence of what occurred to this young lady, but she’s just having a very difficult time. On top of it, there’s constant social media … bullying (of the girl), making fun of what occurred. This is just a very traumatic incident.”

Deenihan said the girl was “lured” to a residence by one of the attackers, who did not allow her to leave. As many as six males took part in the assault. She was found two days later walking down the street near her home. One of the suspects broadcast the assault on Facebook Live, and as many as 40 people saw it. None called police, an abstention that enraged Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “We’ve seen a couple acts in this city now in the last few months involving social media, and it just disgusts me that people could look at those videos and not pick up the phone and dial 911,” he said. “It makes you wonder where are we going, what are we doing as a society?” One of the girl’s relatives, Reginald King, said a teenager alerted him to the assault on Facebook Live. “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.’”

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