Teenagers are increasingly recording activities on cell phones. If any of the footage taken appears to document a crime, the authorities may seek to use that video or recording as evidence under certain circumstances. Recently in New Jersey, a case of a sexual assault reportedly recorded on a cell phone has led to the arrest of four individuals.
The case came about as a 15-year-old and her parents went to the authorities and said that she may have been a victim of sexual assault. She does not reportedly remember the incident, but was told by another that a video existed documenting the encounter. On the night the video was said to have been taken, the girl was found in her parents' yard and tests revealed she was intoxicated.
Four men have been arrested, three 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old. Authorities say that have allegedly recovered the video in question. The men were held in custody, and bail was set at $150,000 for three of them. The remaining defendant had his bail set at $200,000.
When it comes to cases of sexual assault in New Jersey, it can be difficult to decipher exactly what occurred, especially if any of the parties may have been intoxicated at the time. This can be particularly difficult if the victim does not remember the encounter. Anyone charged with a crime where video evidence may possibly be offered in court has a right to know what the evidence may consist of and how it was obtained. Legal challenges to its admission at trial may be presented to the court.
Source: ABC News, "4 Teens Charged in New Jersey Sex Assault", , July 15, 2014