Two South African men living in Murray, Utah, were arrested for allegedly raping an unconscious 14-year-old girl they had met over Snapchat, police say. Video evidence shows the girl was too drunk to resist the attack.
Richard Djassera, 21, and Leclair Dodjim, 24, were arrested by West Jordan police. They face a series of charges including aggravating kidnapping, rape, forcible sodomy, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated sexual assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to Fox 13.
The teenaged victim had been staying at a friend’s house when she somehow came across Snapchat messages from one of the men arrested. They picked her up and took her to a list of places including a hookah bar, a house party, and a gas station to buy alcohol.
Later in the evening, two of the men began making sexual advances to the girl in the back seat of a car, but she was too drunk to stop them from doing what they wanted. A third man began taking video of the assault because he “thought it was funny,” according to a police report.
Police say the video shows that the victim was mostly unconscious but at a few points did make a feeble attempt to push the men away.
According to a police report:
[Victim] appears to be unresponsive through most of the video, but does make feeble attempts to push the person on top of her off,” the police report stated. “It appears [Victim] is passed out and/or unconscious throughout most of the video and clearly cannot give consent to anything that is happening to her.
Djassera and Dodjim were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. Both were also charged with several previously existing charges that were not detailed in the reports.
Police did not announce any charges against the third man in the car who was reportedly named “Nash.”
In police documents, Nash said he was so drunk that he could not perform any sex acts and did not have sex with the girl despite attempting to do so.
Police became involved when the girl’s parents called them the day after the incident.
“I’m not going to throw fault or blame or anything, but it is definitely a good reminder that us as parents and a community need to be aware of what our kids are doing on social media,” West Jordan Police Sgt. Joe Monson told KUTV, Channel 2 news.
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