2 charged with molesting, videotaping girl, 14
Two upper Keys boys were arrested over the weekend after one of them molested a 14 year old girl and the other video recorded it, police say.
Deputies responded to a home on Ocean Drive Sunday morning after a woman called to report strangers in the lower portion of her house. When they arrived, found the two males – aged 23 and 16 – and the victim, a 14-year-old girl.
All three appeared to be drunk, investigators say. The oldestsaid they had been partying the night before, but said he could not remember what happened. Further investigation revealed the three to be acquaintances of the owner’s 15-year-old daughter. The daughter later admitted to having a party in the lower portion of the house the night before without her mother’s knowledge.
Deputies asked to see the 23-year-old's cell phone. The man agreed, but said someone else had his phone for a time the night before.
On the phone, the deputy found a video recording of another boy top of the victim, who was only partially clothed. In the video he was performing sexual acts on her, police said.
Detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation. They interviewed the victim, who could not recall the incident depicted in the video. She watched the video and identified the male on top of her in the video as a 17-year-old with whom she has been in a sexual relationship for a few weeks. She also identified the one video recording the incident as a 15-year-old who had also attended the party.
The 17-year-old denied having sexual relations with the victim, even though he was depicted clearly in the video fondling her. The 15-year-old denied video recording the incident, even though portions of the video confirmed he was the one behind the camera. Witnesses corroborated the victim’s version of events.
The 17-year-old was charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a 14-year-old girl. The 15-year-old was charged with sexual performance with a child for video recording the sexual activity.
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