A disturbing cell phone video shows two teen girls punching and kicking another girl, 16, who was then allegedly held down by five of her friends while being raped by an older boy, according to a Jan. 10, 2014 New York Daily News report.
Patricia Montes, 15, Erica Avery, 16, Dwight Henry, 17, Lanel Singleton, 18, and Jayvon Woolfork, 19, have all been charged in the girl’s attack, reports the Daily News.
Although three of the defendants are minors, the Huntington Post notes their names have been released because each has been charged as an adult in the matter.
According to the WFOR, the Hollywood, Fla. victim can be heard begging and crying to be set free while being told by those beating her – identified as Avery and Montes – the assault will stop if she has sex with Woolfork.
Henry and Singleton are accused of dragging the girl into a room and holding her down during the alleged sexual assault, the Daily News reports.
The girl told police that she was held down by all those charged.
Singleton told WFOR regarding the victim’s accusations, “I swear to God on my life… No one was holding her down.”
Each of those accused have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to the Post, Broward Circuit Judge Lisa Porter said after watching the video footage, “It’s unconscionable to believe people can treat other people the way they treated this young lady… But videos don’t lie.”