Three teen boys in Chicago were charged as adults for the rape of a 12-year-old girl held at gunpoint in an Englewood basement. Prosecutors say the teens taped the December assault and posted the video to Facebook.
Scandale Fritz, 16, Kenneth Brown, 15, and Justin Applewhite, 16, were held in leiu of $900,000 bail after a Friday hearing in criminal court.
The assault took place at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 in Fritz’s home, police records show.
Prosecutors said the 12-year-old girl came to the house to speak with Fritz, and he allegedly demanded sex from her. The girl saw that Brown had a gun in his pocket.
She was then taken downstairs into the basement where Fritz allegedly raped and sodomized her. Prosecutors said he called Brown and Applewhite downstairs and told her to have sex with the other boys. When she refused, Brown pulled out his gun.
The girl was sexually assaulted and forced to perform sex acts on them while Fritz videotaped it. On the footage, which shows all three of the suspects, Brown can be seen holding a gun during sex and all three of the boys shout gang slogans on camera.
The girl was taken to the hospital the next day after she told someone about the attack, and a police report was filed.
The video was posted to Brown’s Facebook page Dec. 17, prosecutors said, and then was posted to all three suspects’ Facebook pages.
According to prosecutors Fritz admitted to making the tape to investigators.
Fritz and Brown are co-defendents in an unrelated robbery and aggravated battery case. Brown is currently on probation for unlawful use of a weapon charge dating back to November 2012. Applewhite had no criminal record.
The three are schedule back in court June 6.