Sheriff: Hundreds watched ‘gang rape’ in Panama City Beach, did nothing to stop it
BAY COUNTY, FL (April 13, 2015) – Two Troy University students were arrested Friday in connection with a video that showed a “gang rape” on Panama City Beach last month between March 10-12.
Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen told AL.com that the video shows a 19-year-old victim who appeared to be incapacitated on a chair behind a beach club when she was assaulted by multiple men.
McKeithen said the incident occurred in the broad, open daylight, and no one did anything to stop it. “Within 10 feet from where this is happening there are hundreds, hundreds of people standing there watching, looking, seeing, hearing what is going on, and yet our culture and our society and our young people have got to the point where obviously this is acceptable somewhere, but I will tell you it is not acceptable in Bay County,” McKeithen said.
He told AL.com that the video is “the most disgusting, repulsive, sickening thing” that he has seen.
The victim said she believes she was drugged and that she did not report the incident because she did not remember what happened.
The Troy Police Department discovered the video on a witness’s cell phone April 2, and they turned it over to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
Delonte’ Martistee, 22, of Bainbridge, Georgia, and Ryan Austin Calhoun, 23, of Mobile, Alabama, were charged with sexual battery by multiple perpetrators. Additional arrests are expected in the case.
According to AL.com,Troy University officials said thet have been suspended from the University and Martistee has been “removed” from the school’s track team.