3 arrested in connection with Facebook Live Video sexual assault

Ezzie Johnson 17 and Alexis Hudson 19 are in custody

Ezzie Johnson 17 and Alexis Hudson 19 are in custody

Johnson, the 19-year-old Hudson and 17-year-old Kadari Fabien Booker were all charged with sexual battery and kidnapping.

Officers at 11:46 p.m. Tuesday responded to a report of an assault on the 3100 block of 7th Avenue and learned a woman was sexually and physically assaulted while being recorded on Facebook Live. "I can't help but be disturbed by the incredible number of shares and views of this crude and despicable event".

"Once again, we are witnessing the dark side of social media", Papania told reporters before Wednesday's arrests.

The video, which garnered 48,000 views and 1,100 likes before being taken down, is 15-minutes long and begins in a bathroom where a man is standing over a woman with her head between his legs and holding his own genitalia and demanding she perform oral sex on him, according to the Clarion Ledger. Hudson is being charged with felony kidnapping and sexual assault; Johnson is being charged with felony kidnapping.

Facebook user Tiffany Hailey said she saw the attack as it happened online.

"I wish people would look at just how warped our society has become", he said.

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Hailey called the assault video "gut wrenchingly horrific". "It's really, really bad".

In the video, a female victim is forced into performing multiple sexual acts for a group in the room, mostly men. "And I don't doubt this story will be dead in two days and everybody [will] move onto something else and you still have a victim of a crime".

She said: "She ain't going home" and that the woman is going to perform the sexual acts "until her throat swells up".

Papania said police are investigating claims from Facebook users saying that "the victim has special needs" and added that they will pursue additional charges against the suspects if those claims check out.

Investigators believe Johnson and Hudson knew the victim prior to the incident.

Gulfport cops say more arrests may be coming.

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