A spokesman for the Chicago police chief states that a previously missing 15-year-old girl was found safe after it was discovered that she was apparently sexually assaulted by several boys and the rape was broadcast on Facebook Live.
A Chicago police spokesman told reporters that detectives began the investigation after they found the girl and reunited her with her family after she was reported missing on Sunday.
She later learned her daughter was the subject of a "disgusting" Facebook Live video after family members and friends contacted the mother.
It is the second time in a less than three months that the department has investigated an apparent attack that was streamed live on Facebook. He said she told detectives that she knows at least one of her alleged attackers, but it remained unclear how well they knew each other. She hadn't seen her daughter since Sunday afternoon, when Austin left their home in the 1400-block of South Avers Avenue.
NPR has not seen the video.
Jeffrey Urdangen, a professor at Northwestern University's law school and the director of the school's Center for Criminal Defense, said it isn't illegal to watch such a video or to not report it to the police.
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Mr Guglielmi said about 40 people viewed the girl's ordeal on Facebook while it was happening, but none of them reported it to police.
Police said the girl was sexually assaulted in the video, which has since been removed by Facebook.
"There were so many people that saw it and didn't pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1".
"That's not right", he said.