A man tied up a 17-year-old girl, beat her with a belt and then filmed himself attacking her — before uploading the video to Snapchat. But several people close to the teen, including her mother and sister, saw the video on the social media app and called police, according to an arrest report.
Now, Smith Dorcent, 18, of Boynton Beach, is in jail and facing charges.
According to the report, the teen, whose identity wasn’t made public, told police the assault began on May 16 after Dorcent was angry that she wouldn’t give him the password to her phone. He forced her to unlock the phone and then used it to record his attack on her.
As he laughed, police said, the teen cried out in pain.
Cops say Dorcent then posted the footage to the teen’s Snapchat account.
Snapchat is a popular social media app that allows users to send pictures and videos that disappear after a short amount of time. The app is designed to prevent images from living permanently online, though users also can download other applications that enable them to save the images.
Officers were first made aware of the video Wednesday, but did not clarify how the video was saved from the application.
Police then interviewed the teen, who confirmed it was her in the video being assaulted by Dorcent, the report said. She told police after he shot the video, he kept her tied up for several minutes.
Friends told police they saw the video on Snapchat, police said. One woman went over to the teen’s house shortly after seeing the video to comfort her, according to the report.
Source: Sun Sentinel | Kate Jacobson