( 4UMF NEWS ) Troy University Students Charged With Gang Rape:
An investigation into an Alabama shooting recovered cell phone video of a spring break gang rape that’s being described by one sheriff as the “most disgusting, sickening thing” he’s ever seen. The shocking find showed a group of men raping a young, incapacitated woman in broad daylight in Panama City, Fla., last month while surrounded by hundreds of partygoers who did nothing to help, authorities said.
The discovery during a search of a shooting suspect’s cell phone led to the arrest of Troy University students Delone’ Martistee, 22, and Ryan Austin Calhoun, 23, for sexual battery by multiple perpetrators.
“She isn’t going to know,” one man is reportedly heard saying in the video as they place their hands in the woman’s genital region as she lies in a beach chair.
Not once does someone say something or try to help the woman, and the incident was never reported, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen, who oversees the area where it took place, said Friday, according to the Panama City News Herald.
“This is happening in broad daylight with hundreds of people seeing and hearing what is happening and they are more concerned about spilling their beer than somebody being raped,” he fumed at a press conference. “This is such a traumatizing event for this girl. No one should have to fear this would happen in Panama City Beach, but it does.”
The video was sent by Troy police to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, and after a joint investigation they were able to identify not only the two suspects but the young woman as well, McKeithen said.
In an interview with her, McKeithen said, she revealed she believed she had been drugged during the attack. She said she didn’t report it because she couldn’t remember enough of what happened.
WSFA reports that Martistee and Calhoun have been suspended from their university.
Disturbingly, this wasn’t the only violent incident to make news in Panama City Beach this spring. On March 28 seven spring breakers were shot, three critically, during a packed house party. The victims included a handful of Alabama A&M University students.
A little more than a week earlier the Bay County Sheriff’s Office was also busy tracking down an underage girl who was filmed naked on the beach while surrounded by men. That followed photos of her, wearing only Mardi Gras beads and orange sunglasses, being shared on the Web.
She was eventually tracked down and identified as a 17-year-old who was enjoying the spring break festivities but was not enrolled in any college.