A 17-year-old Florida girl is back in jail not even a month after being released on $100,000 bail for online bullying the female victim she allegedly held down while a group of teens raped her.
In 2013, Erica Avery and four other teens reportedly took part in a vicious sexual assault on a former friend. The incident was captured on film, and in the footage, Avery and Patricia Montes appear to be standing over the half-naked, weeping victim as she struggled to free herself from her attackers. Prior to holding the girl down so Jayvon Woolfork could reportedly rape her, Avery and Montes are accused of kicking, punching and pepper spraying the girl. Lanel Singleton, who filmed the alleged rape, and Dwight Henry, were also charged with crimes stemming from the incident.
All the teens involved were charged with various crimes, and a little over a month after she was released on bail pending her trial, Avery found her way back to jail for allegedly violating the conditions of her pre-trial release by accessing the Internet. Pictures of Avery were reportedly posted to social media, and one of them appears to show the teen holding a smartphone in her hand. Despite claims that Avery sent a threatening message to the victim while out on bail, her lawyer says those accusations are false and blames the threatening messages on Avery’s sister.
(L: Woolfork / R: Montes)
“My client has assured me that at no point in time did she access the Internet," Michael D. Weinstein, Avery’s lawyer, said. "How is she supposed to control what her sister did? There's not going to be any testimony, to my knowledge, that my client posted those pictures or sent that message.”
On April 20, Montes pleaded no contest to the charges against her, and because she’s still 17, she was sentenced to four years in prison followed by two years of probation. As part of the deal, Montes will also testify against the other defendants. Avery is reportedly contemplating taking a similar deal, although it’s unclear how the recent incident will affect that.
(L: Henry / R: Singleton)