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Snapchat video of alleged sexual assault leads to quick arrest

People who viewed the video reported the assault to police.
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A man in Ohio is being held on a $1 million bond today after being charged with an alleged rape that was recorded and uploaded onto Snapchat by his victim. There aren't a lot of details about the situation as of now, but reports say that police were called to a residence for a welfare check early Tuesday morning. Everything seemed to be alright at the time. However, later in the morning, people as far away as Texas who had viewed the victim's Snapchat video began notifying the police that a sexual assault may have occurred at the residence, and the video was forwarded to the authorities. Based on the video content, which a detective involved with the arrest said were very "clear," the man, 77-year-old James D. Allen, was arrested.

This isn't the first time an assault has been streamed on a social media platform. A sexual assault was streamed on Facebook Live in March and a separate incident was streamed on Periscope last year. A fatal shooting was also inadvertently livestreamed on Facebook in 2016.

The county prosecutor, James VanEerten, said that he wasn't sure why the victim made the recording, but that it could have been to create a record -- which worked, if so. "It's obviously horrific, but at least it allowed us to put a stop to the situation and make a quick arrest in this case," he said.

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