Three Chicago teens accused of gang-raping a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint and posting the video to Facebook will face charges as adults, Cook County prosecutors announced Friday.
A judge ordered Justin Applewhite, 16, Kenneth Brown, 15, and Scandale Fritz, 16, each held on $900,000 bond. The teens each face one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault.
The alleged sexual assaults took place at Fritz’s house Dec. 15, 2012. Fritz had the girl meet him at home, and then took her into the basement and allegedly raped her. According to court documents, Fritz threatened the girl, who had pleaded him to stop, by showing her a gun, and is alleged to have later filmed Applewhite and Brown raping her.
The girl went to the hospital and notified police the next day, according to Chicago Fox affiliate WFLD. On Dec. 17, the video of the rape was posted first to Brown’s Facebook page, and then to the other boy’s pages.
Prosecutors said all three boys appear on the footage, in which the girl demands them to stop. Brown reportedly held a gun during sex, and the boys could be heard shouting gang slogans.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Fritz provided prosecutors with a handwritten account of the events.
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