Maplewood man charged with raping teen; video was posted on Facebook


A Maplewood man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl last month and then posting a video of the attack on Facebook.

Lavell Anthony Hollenbeck, 20, faces five felony counts of criminal sexual conduct, and a 15-year-old boy was charged with two counts of sexual conduct in Ramsey County court, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl went to a party at a friend's house the night of Oct. 15, where she and a group of teenage boys began drinking alcohol. The victim said she drank too much and eventually passed out.

She woke up the next morning with bruises on her neck and arms, and she was naked from the waist down, the Star Tribune reports.

It wasn't until she went to school a few days later that she realized she'd been raped, because someone had posted a video of the assault on Facebook.

The video showed Hollenbeck raping the girl, while other teenagers in the video covered her mouth with their hands, according to the complaint. The video also shows the girl trying to push Hollenbeck off of her and telling him to stop.

The defendant continued the assault, made crude comments and flashed gang signs as his friends did the same and held the camera, the complaint said.

According to the Star Tribune, Hollenback admitted to police that he was the one in the video, but told investigators the sex was consensual.

"The rape of this 15-year-old girl is an unconscionable and disturbing act of violence perpetrated by the defendants," Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in a statement, according to the Pioneer Press.

Hollenbeck will make his first court appearance on Monday.

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