“The sexual abuse of a child – and the dissemination of a video of that abuse – is heartbreaking for the victim, and should be deeply disturbing to us all,” said county District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer in a release.
19-year-old Ibrahem Johnson is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl and producing a video of the events which he then loaded onto a social media account where the girl's mother and and siblings saw the footage.
On July 6 investigators began looking into a report of a girl having sex with a teenage man and that a video of that abuse "had been posted to Instagram and shared with the child's mother and two siblings."
Investigators spoke with the girl, her mother, and her father. Initially the girl did not wish to identify her abuser, but eventually confirmed his identity after her father had given his name, and picked him out of a photo lineup.
Johnson is reported to have initially refused to speak with investigators without his lawyer present when they showed up to his residence on Monday.
On Friday August 28 he turned himself in to law enforcement in Delaware County. He is currently being held in the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.
Johnson is charged with rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault of a persona under 13 years of age, filming sex acts with a child and dissemination of child pornography. All of the charges against him are felonies.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 30 before Magisterial District Judge Tammi L. Forbes.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer Johnson was arrested twice earlier this year and has charges of forgery, theft, theft from a car and related crimes pending.