Hollywood rape defendant returns to jail after pictures posted on Internet


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-hollywood-rape-bond-status-20150421-story.html

One of the teenagers accused of ganging up on a Hollywood girl and standing by while she was sexually assaulted went back to jail Tuesday, a little over a month after she was freed on a $100,000 bond.

Erica Avery, 17, was taken into custody after Broward Circuit Judge Lisa Porter signed a warrant accusing her of violating the conditions of her pre-trial release by accessing the Internet. A hearing over whether to revoke Avery’s bond is scheduled for Thursday.

One of the teenagers accused of ganging up on a Hollywood girl and raping her in late 2013 pleaded no contest on Monday and will be sent to prison as a youthful offender for four years.

Photos of Avery were posted to a social media site, said prosecutor Maria Schneider. In one of the photos, Avery is seen holding a smart phone. Avery’s lawyer, Michael D. Weinstein, said Avery’s sister posted a message to the victim in the rape case.

My client has assured me that at no point in time did she access the Internet,” Weinstein said. “How is she supposed to control what her sister did?”

Avery had been ordered not to have any direct or indirect contact with the victim, and Weinstein said she did not ask her sister to send any messages.

“There’s not going to be any testimony, to my knowledge, that my client posted those pictures or sent that message,” Weinstein said.

Avery is one of five teenagers charged with armed sexual battery and kidnapping in connection with the Nov. 1, 2013, attack that took place in the Hollywood home of Jayvon Woolfork, one of the defendants.

The victim told investigators that she was attacked by Avery and the four other defendants: Patricia Montes, now 17; Lanel Singleton, now 19; Dwight Henry, now 18; and Woolfork, now 20.

Cell phone video captured some of the brutality. The victim is punched, kicked and dragged in and out of the home.

Montes pleaded no contest to the charges on Monday and was sentenced to four years in prison as a youthful offender followed by two years of probation. She also agreed to testify against her co-defendants.

Avery is considering a similar offer, said Weinstein.

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