Po­lice: Chicago teen ap­par­ently gang-raped on Face­book Live

Austin American-Statesman - - STATESMAN AT THE LEGISLATURE - By Don Babwin

A 15-year-old Chicago girl was ap­par­ently sex­u­ally as­saulted by five or six men or boys on Face­book Live, and none of the roughly 40 peo­ple who watched video re­ported the at­tack to po­lice, au­thor­i­ties said Tues­day.

The video marks the sec­ond time in re­cent months that the Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment has in­ves­ti­gated an ap­par­ent at­tack that was streamed live on Face­book. In Jan­uary, four peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter cell­phone footage showed them al­legedly taunt­ing and beat­ing a men­tally dis­abled man.

Po­lice only learned of the lat­est at­tack when the girl’s mother ap­proached the head of the po­lice depart­ment, Su­per­in­ten­dent Ed­die John­son, late Mon­day af­ter­noon, depart­ment spokesman An­thony Guglielmi said. She told him her daugh­ter had been miss­ing since Sun­day and showed him screen grab pho­tos of the al­leged as­sault.

He said John­son im­me­di­ately or­dered de­tec­tives to in­ves­ti­gate and the depart­ment asked Face­book to take down the video, which it did.

Guglielmi said Tues­day that de­tec­tives found the girl and re­united her with her fam­ily. He said the girl told de­tec­tives that she knows at least one of her al­leged at­tack­ers. No ar­rests have been made.

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