A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in Chicago in connection with the sexual assault of a teenage girl that was broadcast on Facebook Live.
“Tonight, CPD (Chicago Police Department) arrested the first of several juvenile offenders in the Facebook sexual assault incident,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.
BREAKING – Tonight, CPD arrested 1st of several juvenile offenders in Facebook sexual assault incident. Press conf Sunday at 11am
CPD HQ <a href="https://t.co/3qdgpecoVI">pic.twitter.com/3qdgpecoVI</a></p>— Anthony Guglielmi (AJGuglielmi) April 2, 2017
The mother of the victim of the March assault had approached police after an unrelated news conference and shown them images of her daughter being assaulted by five or six young men.
She said she had been informed about the video by a relative.
The incident is the latest high profile crime in the city which has been viewed on Facebook’s platform in real time.
The shooting death in February on the city’s West Side of a 2-year-old boy was captured on Facebook Live by his aunt, who was also shot.
In January, an attack by four people on a 19-year-old man with special needs was partially broadcast on the social media site. The four accused in the attack have pleaded not guilty.