Massachusetts pair convicted in Snapchat sex assault case

Fourth Estate Staff

Salem, MA, United States (4E) – A Massachusetts pair was convicted on Tuesday for assault with intent to commit rape involving a 16-year-old girl and the attack was taken to Snapchat .

The pair was identified as 21-year-old Rashad Deihim and 20-year-old Kailyn Bonia . Both of them have been found guilty by a jury in Essex Superior Court in Salem. They assaulted the unnamed 16-year-old on the night of September 3, 2014. The assault took place in the woods near Waybright Elementary School. Accordingly, the attack was posted on Snapchat after the assault took place.

The jury is composed of five men and seven women. They deliberated for numerous hours on Monday and Tuesday before they delivered the verdict on Tuesday. The bail was revoked for both of them by Judge Kathe Tuttman and she has scheduled them for sentencing this September 6.

Before the conviction, defense attorneys argued that the girl gave her consent to the couple. However, prosecutors argued back that she was too intoxicated to decide properly.

Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement regarding the case, “I want to thank the jury for their careful attention to the evidence in this case. I must also commend the victim for her courage in facing her assailants in court. I hope that, with this verdict, she is assured that what happened to her was not her fault.”

The victim, who is now 18, also appeared in court and said that she could only remember that she was in so much pain when she woke up in the hospital after the assault. She added that she has been drinking vodka with the two on a couch in the woods near the school and that she took half of a Percocet pill.

There was another person, who took the videos, and was identified as Timothy Cyckowski . He was prosecuted in juvenile court after pleading guilty to numerous charges. The victim reportedly told Cyckowski to stop recording.

Deihim was also convicted of posing a child in a state of nudity. This is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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