Woman Raped as Spring Break Crowd Watched: Cops

2 college kids charged in appalling Florida attack in broad daylight
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2015 9:36 AM CDT
Updated Apr 13, 2015 12:03 AM CDT
Woman Raped as Spring Break Crowd Watched: Cops
Party goers fill the sand behind Club La Vela and Spinnaker Beach Club during the fourth week of spring break on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Panama City Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/News Herald, Heather Leiphart)

Two college students have been charged with what police are calling the gang rape of a woman on a public beach in broad daylight, and Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen tells the Panama City News Herald that hundreds of nearby spring break revelers did absolutely nothing to stop the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he'd ever seen. Delonte' Martistee, 22, and Ryan Austin Calhoun, 23, were charged Friday with sexual battery by multiple perpetrators. WFSA reports both are students at Alabama's Troy University and have been suspended by the school; Martistee has additionally been booted from its track team. The attack allegedly occurred between March 10 and 12 in the beachside city in the Florida Panhandle; it came to light when Alabama police investigating a shooting found cell phone footage of the attack and passed it to their counterparts in Florida, reports CBS News.

"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," said McKeithen per the AP. He compared the video—in which men can be seen assaulting an incapacitated woman on a beach chair as exclamations to the effect of "she'll never know" are heard—to "wild animals preying on a carcass laying in the woods." The victim "knows something happened, but she doesn't know what happened," he adds. WJHG reports the woman is 19; she told police she thinks she was drugged at the time. Police say at least three men raped her, and CBS reports police are looking for two additional suspects. Martistee remained in jail as of Sunday while Calhoun was released on bond; their next court date is May 19. (More spring break stories.)

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