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Chicago police arrest 14-year-old in sex assault on Facebook

Chicago police arrest 14-year-old in sex assault on Facebook

They said during a Sunday news conference that an arrest warrant had been issued for a second teenager and that they were actively searching for him. The suspects face felony charges of criminal sexual assault, manufacturing of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography. Guglielmi declared that the suspect in custody is 14-years-old and that more arrests will be made as soon as the Chicago Police Departments identified the individuals in the video.

Police said the teenage victim has received online harassment throughout the course of their investigation.

Guglielmi said Johnson was "visibly upset" after he watched, both by the video's content and the fact that there were "40 or so live viewers and no one thought to call authorities". The high school freshman had gone to the store and her mother became concerned when she did not return.

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Eddie Johnson was leaving a West Side police station March 20 when the girl's mother stopped him and showed him images of her daughter being attacked by five or six people. The victim was treated at a local hospital and is now with her family at their home.

It was between then and the following morning when her mother saw the live broadcast. "Now they are going to be held accountable".

"It just disgusts me that people would look at those videos and not pick up the phone and dial 911", Johnson added.

The incident was among several in recent months in Chicago in which the social media site played a role in broadcasting apparent crimes. They are working to ensure her safety and well-being.

In July, Facebook acknowledged that while live video can be a powerful tool to document events, sharing - and allowing - videos on the platform must be done responsibly.


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