Four Florida teenagers convicted of sexually assaulting a woman with an umbrella will not face prison time, WPLG (Miami) is reporting. Instead, the young men will all be sentenced to house arrest, and two of them will have to complete a boot camp program.
Adrian Machin, Luis Rosello, and Julio Fernandez were all 19 at the time of the assault. A fourth assailant, Adan Valdes, was 17.
At about 2:00 a.m. on May 1, according to WFOR-TV (Miami), the four young men were at the tony Bal Harbour Quarzo Hotel in Miami, following their prom at nearby Braddock High School. Machin, Rosello, and Valdes were students of the high school at the time, but Fernandez had dropped out.
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Somehow, the men had managed to get an unidentified 21-year-old woman into their hotel room. The woman was “incapacitated,” although it’s not clear if that means she was drunk, or high on drugs, or incapacitated in some other way.
Valdes was the first person to sexually assault the woman, according to a May 12 WPLG report. Police said Valdes sexually battered her with an umbrella, inserting the handle into her vagina, while Machin and Fernandez recorded the depraved act on their cell phones. Rosello was also in the room, and he watched the assault.
Rosello and Machin then sexually assaulted the woman, this time inserting a marijuana cigarette into her vagina.
The details of the assault were so graphic that when the Judge presiding over the bond hearing read them, she had a hard time containing her emotions. The judge also directed court personnel to make sure that the men’s parents all got copies of the graphic arrest reports.
After the assault, the men’s video began circulating around Braddock High School, causing school officials to issue a statement.
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools takes allegations of this nature seriously, even when they take place off school grounds and beyond the normal school day. The students involved in this case will be disciplined according to School Board policy.”
The teens also bragged about the assault on social media, police say.
I’m so disgusted about what happened to that girl after the Braddock prom. I hope they all rot the rest of their life away in a prison cell.
— Caroline (@DolphinDancer97) May 5, 2016
After their arrest, Machin and Fernandez confessed to the assault. Fernandez told police that he had “no remorse” for the victim. And when a news reporter spoke to Fernandez’ mother, she was equally unsympathetic.
“Go look for real criminals, the ones that are killing people every day and can’t be found. These are a couple of kids that violated her. She was drunk.”
This week, the four men were sentenced for their roles in the assault. Machin and Valdez were sentenced to two years of house arrest, and they will have to complete a boot camp program. Fernandez and Rosello were also sentenced to two years of house arrest, but they will not have to go to boot camp. All four men will have to register as sex offenders, will have to undergo sex offender treatment, and will have to complete 100 hours of community service.
This is not the first time a perpetrator of a sexual assault has gotten a light sentence. In June of this year, Stanford swimmer Brock Turner made headlines after being sentenced to only six months in jail and three years’ probation following the sexual assault of a drunk woman.
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