She had bruises from what appeared to be a sexual assault, but the high schooler couldn’t remember what happened at the party where she’d been drinking with friends. It wasn’t until she returned to school that she saw a Facebook video circulating of the vicious attack.
Authorities said a Maplewood man was caught on camera flashing gangs signs while raping the 15-year-old girl in St. Paul last month. Lavell Anthony Hollenbeck, 20, was charged Friday with five counts of criminal sexual conduct. A 15-year-old boy has also been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
“The rape of this 15-year-old girl is an unconscionable and disturbing act of violence perpetrated by the defendants,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.
According to the criminal complaint:
The girl went to a party at a friend’s house on Oct. 15, where she began drinking alcohol with a group of teenage boys. She said she had too much to drink and eventually passed out. In the morning, she awoke with bruises on her neck and arms, and she was naked from the waist down.
When she returned to school several days later, she learned that someone had posted a sex video on Facebook showing Hollenbeck “sexually penetrating her. The other juveniles in the video had their hands covering her mouth as she was telling him to stop,” according to the complaint.
The girl had just met Hollenbeck at the party and told police she did not consent to the encounter. The 40-second video shows her repeatedly trying to push Hollenbeck away, saying “stop” and “oww.”
Hollenbeck, whose face was visible in the video, is seen making gang signs with the other boys and heard saying “Vill Gang,” while his friends taped the assault, the complaint said.
He admitted to police that he was the one in the video. He claimed he is not a member of the Vill Gang, just giving “a shout out to my family.”