Sheriff on gang rape: "Wild animals preying on a carcass"

A HORRIFYING gang rape involving an unconscious 19-year-old by Americans on Spring Break has landed two college students under arrest.

The shocking incident was made worse by the fact that it was on a crowded beach with partygoers doing nothing to stop the attack.



The rape is being described akin to "wild animals preying on a carcass laying in the woods" by Sheriff Frank McKeithen.

He told the Panama City News Herald it was the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he had ever witnessed.

"Within 10 feet from where this is happening there are hundreds, hundreds of people standing there watching, looking, seeing, hearing what is going on," he said.

"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."

The rape is thought to have occurred between March 10 and 12 in Florida's Panama City.

It was filmed on a mobile phone, which police later discovered while investigating a shooting.

In the footage, several men can be seen surrounded an unconscious young woman on a beach chair.

As she tries to remove their hands from her genital region, men can be heard saying, "she isn't going to know".

Police have now arrested Delonte' Martistee, 22 and Ryan Austin Calhoun, 23, charging each with sexual battery by multiple perpetrators.

The victim has told authorities she may have been drugged at the time.

She said she did not recall the attack well enough to confidently report it.

The two men have now been suspended from their university in Alabama.

In a statement, Troy University wrote that the pair are now on temporary suspension.

Martistee has also been booted from the university's track and field team.

More arrests are likely.

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