Third arrest made in Panama City Beach spring break gang rape: sheriff

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(PIX11) - A third suspect in the alleged gang rape of a 19-year-old during a wild spring break party in Panama City Beach has been arrested, the Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen confirmed Wednesday.

George Davon Kennedy has been charged with principal to sexual assault by multiple perpetrators. (Bay County Sheriff's Office)

George Davon Kennedy has been charged with principal to sexual assault by multiple perpetrators. (Bay County Sheriff's Office)

George Davon Kennedy, a Middle Tennessee State University student from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, faces a charge of principal to sexual assault by multiple perpetrators for his alleged role in what McKeithen has called "one of the most disgusting, sickening things I've seen on a Panama City beach."

Two Troy University students , 23-year-old Ryan Austin Calhoun, of Mobile, Ala., and 22-year-old Delonte Martistee, of Bainbridge, Ga., were the first to be arrested after police stumbled across graphic cell phone footage.  Both men now face charges of sexual battery by multiple perpetrators.

Police have released a small portion of the video, which is so graphic it had to be heavily blurred.  The footage shows the 19-year-old woman, apparently incapacitated, in a chair on the beach behind the Spinnaker Beach Club,  being sexually assaulted by one man after another in broad daylight, according to police.  As the attacks occur, the suspects can be heard joking about how “she isn’t going to know,” as they ignore her feeble attempts to push them off her, according to the Panama City News Herald.  McKeithen likened the attack to “wild animals preying on a carcass laying in the woods.”

Hundreds of spring break revelers were standing just steps from the victim during the attack, some watching and recording with their cell phones, but not a single one trying to intervene or call police, a visibly angry McKeithen said at a press conference.

Police tracked down the victim, but she told detectives she didn’t remember anything the next day, and thinks she may have been drugged.  “She knows something happened, but she doesn’t know what happened,” McKeithen said.

McKeithen says that the gang rape was not an isolated incident, and that police are investigating multiple, similar sexual assaults of incapacitated women recorded with cell phones.  Multiple videos of criminal activity were posted on Twitter under the hashtag #PCB2K15.

The sheriff's office is also investigating another video that purportedly shows a man performing oral sex on a half-naked woman who appears incapacitated.  Others around her can be seen grabbing her breasts and pouring beer on her, according to the sheriff.

Authorities are cracking down on what they are likening to a "cancerous tumor" growing in the body.  The Bay County Sheriff's Office arrested more than 1,000 people this year -- triple the number of busts during the same period last year, CNN reports.

A fed-up city Panama City Beach Council passed a new ordinance last month prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the beaches between march 1 and April 18.

“Spring break as we know it is over. It can’t stay if this is what it wants to be,” he said Bay County Commissioner Mike Thomas. “The people that enjoy participating in spring break have acted in such a way that they can’t stay here any longer . . . the meanness has grown faster than we every thought it would.”