Hudson teens charged in alleged sex assault
Two Hudson teens have been charged with felonies for allegedly making video recordings of a sexual assault at a drinking party in the town of St. Joseph last September.
The two also are accused of being party to the assault of a teenage girl who was too intoxicated to consent to the sexual contact.
Brandon W. Brown, 17, and Daniel E. Karlovich, 17, each face one count of recording a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count of being a party to a second-degree sexual assault.
They have been charged as adults in the case and are scheduled to make their initial appearances before Judge Scott Needham in St. Croix County Circuit Court on June 14.
The first criminal count is punishable by up to 12 years, six months in prison and a $25,000 fine. The second count carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson said he couldn't comment on whether a third Hudson teen involved in the alleged assault -- the one who, according to the criminal complaint, had the physical contact with the girl -- would be charged.
Johnson said that teen is younger than the other two, and hasn't been waived into adult court. All three are members of the junior class at Hudson High School.
The assault is alleged to have happened at a St. Joseph residence in the early morning of Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.
The complaint says the victim was extremely intoxicated after drinking vodka and smoking marijuana.
She told a St. Croix County sheriff's investigator that she went with a male teen who lives at the residence where the party was held to get some beer, and the next thing she knew she was lying naked on the ground with him on top of her.
The male teen allegedly kissed her on the mouth and body. The girl said that when she tried to walk away, he grabbed her by the breasts and pulled her back to him.
The girl told an investigator she "wasn't really in the state to do anything about it (the sexual contact)," and that the male then had sexual intercourse with her.
The complaint indicates that Brown, Karlovich and three other males became aware of the sexual activity and came and stood around the pair on the ground.
Brown and Karlovich are alleged to have used their cell phones to make video recordings of the male and female.
The sheriff's department was able to retrieve the video from the phones.
The complaint says that in one of them, several voices, including Brown's, can be heard telling the male on the ground to perform a sexual act on the victim.
The perpetrator of the sexual contact later told a sheriff's investigator that he was the most intoxicated person at the party. According to the criminal complaint, he said he looked up and saw people standing around laughing and filming.
The investigator who viewed the videos said she heard male voices giving instructions to the male on the ground on how to assault the girl.
"Dude, he's like a rapist," a voice is heard saying in the video, according to the complaint.
One of the males at the scene was reported to have tried to get the victim dressed while the others encouraged the sexual assault.
The sheriff's investigator said the video retrieved from Brown's phone was 4 minutes, 39 seconds in length. It began at 1:42 a.m. on Sept. 25, the complaint indicates.
The video from Karlovich's phone also was about 4 minutes in length, judging from statements in the criminal complaint.
According to the complaint, the victim said she initially didn't want to report the assault, but the perpetrator of the incident continued to talk about it at school and other students were calling her names.
She also learned at school that there was video of the incident, according to the complaint.
A sheriff's department official said the girl reported the assault soon after it happened. The official said authorities waited until the victim was emotionally ready to deal with the court cases before charging Brown and Karlovich.
The charges against Brown were filed on April 16, and against Karlovich, on May 2, according to court records.