KSDK reported that at a home in Northwood St. Louis Missouri, two teenage boys were duct-taped to chairs, beaten, made to wear women’s underwear, shower and kiss while others recorded on their cellphone. Court and investigators’ documents say at least five to six people participated in the Oct. 27 attack. Three young men have been arrested and they are being charged with kidnapping, felonious restraint and sexual exploitation of a minor, and two misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault. Federal officials looked into the possibility of child pornography or hate crime charges but those charges weren’t filed.
The defendants lawyer, argue that the accusations of it being anti-gay are over “over-charged” and the defendants claim the boys were not held against their will. The boys were only released after they “cried begged and pleaded.”
Two teens accused by an attacker of being gay were taped to chairs, beaten, thrown down stairs, burned with cigarettes, forced to wear women’s underwear and made to shower and kiss each other at a house in Northwoods last year, prosecutors and police said.
The incident — involving victims 16 and 17 and at least four attackers — was recorded on cellphone videos and photos and posted on Facebook.
Pretrial hearings are set in St. Louis County Circuit Court later this month for Nicholas A. Nettles, now 20, and his brother Brandon D. Nettles, 22, both of the 6800 block of Pasadena Boulevard in Northwoods. A trial is set in August for Walter Worthan, 21, of the 3700 block of Avondale Avenue.
They were indicted Jan. 25 on two felony counts each of kidnapping, felonious restraint and sexual exploitation of a minor, and two misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault.
In addition, federal officials looked into the possibility of child pornography or hate crime charges, according to investigative documents, but no such charges have been filed.
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