The video took place in the daytime on a beach behind the Spinnaker Beach Club, showing an apparently incapacitated teen being sexually assaulted by a series of men. The men ignored the 19-year-old girl’s attempts to push them off, and one of them joked “she isn’t going to know” what happened.
Video of the Panama City Beach gang rape has hit the internet, with the young woman’s face obscured, leading to outrage that so many people saw the clear assault and did nothing to stop it. Local authorities said they were angry about the assault, noting that this kind of rape is too common during spring break.
“It’s probably one of the most disgusting, sickening things I’ve seen on a Panama City beach,” said Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen. “This is not the first video we’ve recovered, it’s not the second video, it’s not the third video (and) there’s a number of videos with things similar to this. I can only imagine how many we haven’t recovered.”
McKeithen said it was particularly disturbing to see no one intervening to stop the rape.
“Within ten feet of where this is happening there are hundreds of people standing there watching, looking, seeing, hearing what’s going on and yet our culture and our society and our young people have got to the point where obviously it’s acceptable somewhere, but it’s not acceptable in Bay County,” McKeithen said.
Police have already made three arrests related to the gang rape, charging Troy University students Ryan Calhoun and Delonte Martistee with sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, the sheriff’s office said. Calhoun posted $50,000 bond and was released this weekend, while Martistee is in the Bay County Jail.
A third arrest was made on Tuesday night, but police had not released details.
The victim did not remember the incident, but reportedly recognized her tattoos and told authorities. BCSO public information officer Ruth Corley told CNN report that the victim does not remember the assault.
“She remembers taking a drink from a CamelBak and there is a strong possibility she was drugged,” Corley told CNN.
She is cooperating with police to help identify others involved.
Police said they are still seeking two other suspects seen in the Panama City Beach gang rape video, but it’s not clear if the person arrested Tuesday was one of those two.