Two con­victed in Snapchat rape trial

Rashad Dei­him, 21, and Kai­lyn Bo­nia, 20, were both found guilty by a jury in Es­sex Su­pe­rior Court.

Metro USA (Boston) - - BOSTON - CHRIS CAE­SAR @MetroBOS chris.cae­sar@metro.us

A man and a woman were both con­victed Tues­day on charges stem­ming from the sex­ual as­sault of a 16-year-old girl in Sau­gus, footage of which was later dis­sem­i­nated on the Snapchat mes­sag­ing app.

Rashad Dei­him, 21, and Kai­lyn Bo­nia, 20, were both found guilty by a jury in Es­sex Su­pe­rior Court in Salem, ac­cord­ing to the Bos­ton Globe.

The pair faced a num­ber of charges, in­clud­ing two counts of as­sault to rape, four counts of in­de­cent as­sault and bat­tery on a per­son over 14, and a sin­gle count each of kid­nap­ping and las­civ­i­ous pos­ing of a child in the nude.

Dei­him was found guilty on all eight charges, while the jury found Bo­nia guilty on all charges ex­cept the las­civ­i­ous pos­ing of a child in the nude, The Sau­gus Ad­ver­tiser re­ported.

Both are due back to be sen­tenced on Sept. 6, ac­cord­ing to WCVB. The court re­voked both de­fen­dants’ bail in the mean­time.

“I want to thank the jury for their care­ful at­ten­tion to the ev­i­dence in this case,” Es­sex District At­tor­ney Jonathan Blod­gett said in a state­ment. “I must also com­mend the vic­tim for her courage in fac­ing her as­sailants in court. I hope that, with this verdict, she is as­sured that what hap­pened to her was not her fault.”

De­fense at­tor­neys ar­gued that the en­counter, which took place near a lo­cal el­e­men­tary school, was a con­sen­sual sex act, but prose­cu­tors said the then mi­nor vic­tim, now 18, was too drunk to con­sent.

The girl also re­port­edly tes­ti­fied that she had lit­tle me­mory of what hap­pened, and woke up in “se­vere pain” at a hos­pi­tal the next morn­ing. A wit­ness who saw video of the attack said there were vis­i­ble in­juries on her body.

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