On Friday, two Alabama men received a 10-year prison sentences for a 2015 spring break rape that occurred in Panama City Beach. The attack occurred during the day while other vacationers watched and recorded with their phones.
Ryan Austin Calhoun, 23, and Delonte Martistee, 23, were convicted last month of sexual battery by multiple perpetrators. Additionally, both men will be registered sex offenders for the assault of the 19-year-old anonymous victim.
While Calhoun and Martistee assaulted the woman who was passed out on the beach, several onlookers recorded the incident without intervening to help. Police were made aware of the video recordings while collecting evidence for an unrelated shooting that occurred during the same week.
Officials were shocked to learn that one of the people who recorded the sexual assault was the victim’s boyfriend, 23-year-old George Kennedy Jr.
“This act was encouraged by the crowd and unbelievably by the victim’s boyfriend, but there is no excuse for your actions,” Circuit Judge James Fensom told the two men during sentencing. “This incident was reprehensible and, on your part, a big mistake. … It is fortunate we no longer have the spring break atmosphere we had in the past.”
Kennedy was originally arrested with the men, but was cleared of all charges in January.
Both Calhoun and Martistee were students at Troy University. Calhoun was a sophomore who studied sports management while senior Martistee had a sports scholarship for track and field.
Their attorneys attempted to use their promising futures as an argument for probation. They also argued that this was an isolated incident that was not maliciously planned. However, the prosecution used the lack of remorse demonstrated by Calhoun and Martistee to provide a counter argument.
“There was very little remorse coming from that stand — other than remorse that they got caught,” said Prosecutor Christa Diviney in court. “It was captured on video, and that is the only reason we know about it.”
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