CHICAGO – Two teenagers admit guilty on the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl live-streamed to Facebook in March.
In a plea deal with Cook County prosecutors, the 15-year-old boys pleaded guilty to a single count of child pornography. They are sentenced to probation offenses. Judge Patricia Mendoza announced that it will decide the length of the probationary observation period by January's ruling.
Both suspects were originally sued for aggravated sexual assault, manufacturing and dissemination of child pornography.
At the time of the assault, the authorities said six men attacked the victims. She is a freshman of a high school who was missing after she was dropped at home by an uncle.
Approximately 40 viewers seemed to have been watching this assault and no one of them was reported, police said.
According to the prosecution, the girl said in April that she was threatened to attack by a dog when trying to escape.
Assistant State Defense Maha Gardner said at the first hearing of one of the two boys prosecuted in April, said the suspects "have sex the easy way or the hard way."
"Both videotaped these egregious actions," Gardner said. "They didn't stop there. They put them up on Facebook for the world to see."
According to Gardner, a 15-year-old boy met a 15-year-old girl in a neighboring park on March 19 and was kidnapped in the basement of Rodale's West Side district. The prosecution said both boys knew the girl.
She was taken to the cellar, both suspects assaulted her on a bed, one of whom recorded the video.
Prosecutors said the suspects threatened with a pit bull (dog) when the victim tried to escape.