A 14-year-old Italian girl was allegedly gang raped after a classmate hijacked her Facebook profile to post that she was ‘available to anyone’.
The teenager was dragged into an empty outdoor theater in her hometown of Molfetta, near Bari, in the south east of the country, and raped repeatedly, after the gang of ten assumed that she was ‘easy’, prosecutors say.
The schoolgirl had trustingly left her Facebook page unlocked, allowing a school friend, reportedly acting in revenge for a petty quarrel, to paste pictures of her, along with her phone number.
Afterwards the teen was immediately besieged by phone calls harassing her.
The alleged attack took place in April 2012 when the group, who she knew by sight, approached her and persuaded her to get on a scooter.
They took her to the theater where she was brutally assaulted by four of the men, while the others kept watch, prosecutors say.
Deputy prosecutor Francesco Giannella called it ‘a sordid, tragic attack’.
Four men aged between 20 and 25 have been arrested and are detained under house arrest in connection with the alleged assault, while a fifth, who was under 18 at the time, is under investigation.