Prosecutors: Boys threatened Facebook Live sex assault victim with dog attack


At least four males who streamed their sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl live on Facebook lured the acquaintance into a basement, slapped her several times and threatened to have a dog attack her if she tried to flee, Cook County prosecutors alleged Tuesday.

A 14-year-old boy, the first of two to be charged so far, told the victim she could “have sex the easy way or the hard way,” Assistant State’s Attorney Maha Gardner said in court.

Judge Patricia Mendoza, assigned to the Juvenile Division, ordered Tuesday that a 15-year-old boy be held in custody, calling the gang rape “one of the most serious cases that I have seen.” She also said she decided to detain the eighth-grader for his own safety, noting her concern that he was at risk because of the national publicity the case has drawn.

He marks the second teen in as many days to be ordered held at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center while awaiting trial.

Each suspect faces 10 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault, manufacturing of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography.

Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesman, appealed to the families of the remaining suspects “to do the right thing for this young girl and bring them in to detectives to be questioned.”

“One by one, we are building criminal cases against these young men to seek justice, and our work will not stop until all are brought forward,” Guglielmi said in an email.

Gardner said the two boys charged so far, both identified from stills of the video, admitted to others that they were involved in the sexual assault of the girl. Each also video-recorded the sexual assault, she said. The 14-year-old boy was captured on the video sexually assaulting the girl, according to the prosecutor.

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