A 14-year-old boy has been arrested over the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old Chicago girl which was streamed live on Facebook. The schoolboy faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and disseminating child pornography.
A spokesperson for the Chicago police said, Anthony Gugliemi confirmed that the arrested boy was one of the offenders identified in the video, which was later taken down from Facebook.
This is one of several high-profile violent incidents that have been broadcast on Facebook's and Twitter's livestreaming platforms.
A day before being found, the girl's mother showed Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson screen grabs of the attack after he was leaving a news conference.
The girl and her family received threats and was taunted on social media as news of her assault came out, police said.
Chicago Police Department Area Central Detective Commander Brendan Deenihan said there are two arrest warrants so far in connection to the gang rape.
Police said the victim is traumatized and having trouble talking about the assault, but Supt.
The girl was allegedly assaulted by five or six males last month. They are working to ensure her safety and well-being. The Facebook Live video of the incident - which occurred March 19 - was viewed by at least 40 people, but none of them called police, reported WLS. The mother then went to police and showed them the video.
This situation is the second time in just a few months that officials in Chicago have had to investigate an attack that was broadcast on Facebook.
The girl was taken to the hospital and reunited with her mother.
The teen disappeared on her way to the shops in Chicago, WGN reported.
Authorities charged a 14-year-old boy in the attack Saturday.