Ryan Austin Calhoun, 23, of Mobile, Ala., and Delonte’ Martistee, 22, of Bainbridge, Ga. were charged with sexual battery by multiple perpetrators in connection with a video that the Bay County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office said appeared to depict the sexual assault of a woman at Panama City Beach, Fla., during spring break.
Martistee formerly played football and ran track at Bainbridge High School.
The BCSO said the department received the video from Troy PD on April 2, and were able to identify the victim. The BCSO news release said “it was established the incident took place between March 10, 2015, to March 12, 2015, on the sandy beaches of Panama City Beach behind Spinnaker on Thomas Drive.”
The BCSO said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.
The video surfaced as part of a Troy police investigation into a shooting that occurred in their jurisdiction.
Calhoun and Martistee are students at Troy University. University officials told a TV station they have been suspended from the university and Martistee has been “removed” from the school’s track team.
Calhoun and Martistee will appear in Circuit Court on May 19.
McKeithen said the video shows a 19-year-old victim who appeared to be incapacitated on a chair behind Spinnaker Beach Club when she was assaulted by multiple men. McKeithen said the incident occurred “in the broad, open daylight,” and hundreds of bystanders did not try to stop the incident or report it to authorities.
“Within 10 feet from where this is happening there are hundreds, hundreds of people standing there watching, looking, seeing, hearing what is going on, and yet our culture and our society and our young people have got to the point where obviously this is acceptable somewhere, but I will tell you it is not acceptable in Bay County,” McKeithen said.
He called the video “probably one of the most disgusting, repulsive, sickening things that I have seen this year on Panama City Beach, and I have seen a lot of them.”
“This is disgusting,” he said. “We have got to get control of our beaches, it is not safe for our children to be out there on the beaches when these animals are out there.”
The victim told investigators that she believes she may have been drugged and that she did not report the incident because she did not remember what happened. The incident happened between March 10-12.
This article contains information originally reported by al.com
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