Thursday, January 13, 2011

Our I-Phone/Twittering/Texting World: A Child's Rape by Thugs Recorded on Cell Phone in Stickney: WGN's Nancy Loo's Great Report

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STICKNEY, Ill. — Stickney police are accusing at least three teenagers gang-raped a 14-year-old girl and recorded the attacks on a cell phone.

A fourth person who is 22-years old is expected to be charged later today, according to sources who talked to WGN-TV News Reporter Nancy Loo. She reported that the male suspect was picked up by police Wednesday.

All are teens and all live in Stickney. They have been identified as Alex Picallo, 16, Majeed Khalifeh, 18, and Jonathan Leanos, 19.

Each was charged with two counts each of aggravated criminal sexual assault in the incident. Officials said the alleged assault happened at Leanos home Saturday.

The Cook County State's Attorney's office said Picallo was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Khalifeh and Leanos appeared in court in Bridgeview on Wednesday and were ordered held in lieu of $600,000 and $750,000 bail, respectively,

Officials said Leanos met the girl on the Internet last summer, and met with her subsequent times before taking her to his home.

The victim is not from Stickney according to the sources Loo spoke with.

She talked to police Sunday. It's not clear if she came alone or with her parents.

This is horrific. We have every device, toy, gizmo loaded with APs and some people burdened only by time on their hands managed to diminish what it means to be a human being.

Nancy Loo is a pro.

1 comment:

Nancy Loo said...

Thanks so much for this post on my report from Stickney. And also for your kind words.
Nancy Loo