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14-year-old boy arrested for Facebook Live sex assault

A 14-year-old boy was arrested in a horrific sexual assault broadcast live on Facebook in Chicago. (MGN photo)

CHICAGO -- An arrest was made in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl which was streamed on Facebook Live, Chicago police said Saturday night.

The offender is a 14-year-old boy, police said. He faces felony aggravated criminal sexual assault, manufacturing child pornography and dissemination of child pornography.

At a press conference Sunday afternoon, Chicago police said an arrest warrant has been issued for a second suspect, a 15-year-old, and that more arrests will be made as four or five boys were involved.

The incident occurred March 19. The girl's mother went to police after the girl had been missing for a day.

Superintended Johnson said he was at the 10th District Police Station while the victim's mother was filing a report and showed him screenshots of the video. Johnson then referred the case to 10th District detectives.

The Facebook Live video was viewed by at least 40 people. None of them called 911, police said.

Police said Sunday that they have worked with Facebook and obtained social media search warrants, which they have used to identify two suspects. Police said the victim is traumatized and having trouble talking about the assault, but Supt. Johnson praised her for her courage in working with police.

The 15-year-old girl, a high school freshman, has also received online harassment.

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