Chicago police have announced that yesterday they arrested a 14-year-old male in connection with the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl that was livestreamed on Facebook Live. The unnamed suspect has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, manufacturing child pornography and dissemination of child pornography, all of which are felonies. So far, I have yet to see any mentions of prosecutors wanting to try him as an adult, but I can’t see why they wouldn’t.
The police also announced that they have issued an arrest warrant for a 15-year-old male they also believe was involved with the rape. They expect that individual to be arrested soon. Several other teens and at least one adult are also suspected to face charges along with whoever was working the camera at the time.
Sadly, the investigation isn’t going as fast as police would have hoped since the victim has not only been severely traumatized, to say the least, but as mentioned previously, she is also being harassed by people in her neighborhood. It’s also unfortunate that the people who viewed the video as it happened and didn’t call police can’t be traced. According to this 2015 article from the Chicago Tribune, there is no law in Illinois requiring you to call 911 if you witness a crime, which is sad in itself as everyone who viewed this video and did nothing should have to face judgment for being the heartless monsters that they are.
UPDATE 4/3/2017: A 15-year-old suspect has also been arrested after turning himself in. He has been charged with same felonies as the 14-year-old. Still no word on if either suspects will be charged as adults.