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Fourth Teen Charged in Rape Posted to Facebook: Prosecutors

By Erin Meyer | October 25, 2013 5:12pm
 Four South Side teens have been charged with raping a 12-year-old girl after posting a video of the assault on Facebook.
Four South Side teens have been charged with raping a 12-year-old girl after posting a video of the assault on Facebook.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A fourth teen has been charged with raping a 12-year-old girl after a video of the assault was posted on Facebook, authorities said. 

Dyquier Garrett, 16, is one of four teens who took turns assaulting the girl and forcing her to perform sex acts on Dec. 15, 2012, in the basement of another boy's home in the 4500 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors from the Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Office said the girl initially refused the teens' advances. But when she saw one of them had a gun, she followed their commands, prosecutors said.

Three other suspects, Kenneth Brown, 15, and Scandale Fritz and Justin Applewhite, both 16, were charged in May.

The girl recognized the teens as gang members of the Black Disciples faction "Tay-Town," and was fearful that Brown, who allegedly had a gun, would shoot her, prosecutors said.

One of the teens allegedly made a video of the assault and posted it to Facebook.

Among other things, the video shows Brown waving a gun in the air while the girl performs a sex act, prosecutors said. The teens can be heard yelling gang slogans. 

All four are charged as adults with aggravated criminal sexual assault. At the time of their arrest, Fritz and Brown were both expected in juvenile court pending robbery, aggravated battery and theft charges, prosecutors said.

Garrett also has pending juvenile cases for aggravated battery, robbery and theft. It was unclear whether his cases are related to those of the other teens charged.

It appears to be Applewhite's first arrest.

Brown's juvenile criminal record also includes an unauthorized use of a weapon conviction in 2012. He was still on probation for that crime when the alleged assault took place.

When the first three teens were arrested in May, prosecutors and police could not immediately explain why it took five months to arrest the teens.

On Friday, when Garrett appeared for a brief court hearing, prosecutors said his arrest was delayed pending DNA results from the Illinois State Police Lab.

A Cook County judge set Garrett's bail at $400,000. Bail was set at $900,000 for Fritz, of the 4500 block of South King Drive; Kenneth Brown, of the 100 block of East 123rd Street; and Applewhite, of the 200 block of West 59th Place.