Arizona man arrested after raping girlfriend live on webcam

June 3rd, 2009 - 12:17 pm ICT by admin  

PHOENIX, Arizona (BNO NEWS) — A 20-year-old Arizona man has been arrested after allegedly raping his girlfriend in her bedroom and streaming the act live on a website, officials told BNO News on Tuesday.

The suspect is 20-year-old Johnathon Richard Hock from Surprise, Arizona. According to Detective Homes with the Phoenix Police Department, a 20-year-old woman came to police in the beginning of March and said she had been sexually assaulted about a week before.

The woman told police she had received information from her friends that there was a video on a website that showed her having sex with a man. In the video, which took place at around 4 a.m. local time and was apparently recorded in her bedroom, the woman appears to be unconscious. She told police that the man was known to her and had been dating for about two weeks prior to the incident.

“The victim had no knowledge of this encounter with this male,” Detective Homes told BNO News. An investigation began after the woman reported the rape and detectives were able to get information from the website through a search warrant. Homes said the website cooperated with their investigation and police were able to develop probable cause to determine that the woman had in fact been sexually assaulted by Hock.

Homes said that investigators believe the video came from a webcam at the location where the sexual assault took place and was initially streamed live on a website. It was then posted as a video to the page. Homes could not say which website was used to stream the video but several profiles on Stickam, where users can broadcast videos live, showed a person with the same name, location and photos similar to Hock. Photos from the video had reportedly showed up on at least one other website.

At least one woman who witnessed the rape reported it to authorities, according to the East Valley Tribune. The paper reports that she called the Arizona Department of Public Safety and said she saw Hock assaulting a young woman. “She said while he was doing this he was laughing and making comments,” an affidavit, quoted by the newspaper, said. “She said Hock made comments about how the victim would never know what was happening to her because she was passed out,” it added. Investigators have not been able to determine how the victim became unconscious as she not reported to police more than a week after the crime took place.

Homes could not provide details on the interviews they had with Hock as the investigation is still ongoing and he was unable to say if he had confessed to the crime. A newspaper report, however, stated that Hock had confessed to “doing something” to her during an instant message conversation. He reportedly admitted that she was ‘passed out’ at the time.

Hock was arrested on Monday and has been charged with sexual assault, kidnapping and posting the video on a website without the victim’s knowledge.

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