Last Friday, it was announced that three Chicago teens accused of gang-raping a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint will face charges as adults. Scandale Fritz, 16, Kenneth Brown, 15, and Justin Applewhite, 16, are each are being held on $900,000 bail. Each of the teens is facing one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, based on the events that allegedly took place on December 15.
As it turns out, the boys' desire to document the attack -- and, horribly, share it on Facebook -- may be exactly the evidence that will be needed to put them behind bars.
According to Chicago police records, the alleged sexual assaults took place at around 3:30 p.m. December 15 in Fritz's home. Prosecutors say that the girl agreed to meet Fritz at his home, but when she arrived, she saw Brown with a gun in his pocket. Fritz then allegedly took the girl downstairs to the basement, and once she declined his demands for sex, he raped and sodomized her.
Fritz then allegedly demanded that the girl have sex with Brown and Applewhite, and forced her to do so at gunpoint. Fritz videotaped the sex acts, and prosecutors said all three boys appear on the footage, in which the girl begs them to stop. Brown reportedly held a gun during sex, and the boys could be heard shouting gang slogans.
The day after the assaults, the girl went to the hospital and notified police. Unbelievably, the very next day after that -- December 17 -- prosecutors say the video was posted on Brown's Facebook page ... and then on all three boys' Facebook pages.
I ... yeah, I don't even know what to say about this. I can't believe the evil of what these boys are accused of doing to a 12-year-old girl, and I can't imagine what they were thinking sharing that video on Facebook.
Unfortunately, I guess it's not such an unfamiliar story these days, is it? It sounds pretty similar to the shocking details of the Steubenville rape case, down to the bizarre decision to gloat about the details of the attack via social media.
The silver lining, if there's one to be had here, is that if the allegations against these teens are true, then they did the prosecution a giant favor by posting that video. Not that the poor girl wanted the details of her horrific assault to be seen by others, but at least it will remove the he said/she said element altogether.
In fact, court documents say that Fritz has provided a handwritten statement to investigators admitting that he made the tape. So whatever happens next with these boys, it's not looking good in terms of proving their innocence. If they're guilty as charged, I hope they get the full punishment possible -- because they'll deserve to lose what's left of their childhood, and more.
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