A video recording of the beating of a gay teenager included this image of suspect Trevon Godbolt, who is accused of the Nov. 4 assault. Two minor girls have been charged with posting the video on Facebook and for unarmed robbery of the teen who was forced to strip naked. Charges against two minor girls in the assault of a gay teenager in Muskegon Heights come amid new calls to make such assaults hate crimes. The girls, ages 15 and 14, were questioned by the Muskegon Heights Police Department and made a “full confession,” according to police Chief Joseph E. Thomas Jr. They are accused of filming the brutal Nov. 4 assault and posting the video on Facebook. The 17-year-old victim was forced to strip naked, and his attackers kept his belongings, including his cell phone. “It bothers me deeply that one of the parents of the girls knew about it and didn’t come forward,” Thomas said. “A lot of bad behavior is a learned experience. I’m wondering about parents of kids who do bad things.” The girls, one of whom is from Muskegon Heights and the other from Muskegon, have been charged in juvenile court with unarmed robbery and unlawful posting through an electronic medium, according to Matt Roberts, chief trial attorney for the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s office.
Girls charged in gay teen’s beating as calls for hate crime law grow
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