For Immediate Release - September 16, 2016

Saugus Residents Sentenced in Snapchat Assault

The two Saugus residents who were convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while their friend shared the attack on Snapchat, were sentenced today in Salem Superior Court.  Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced Rashad Deihim, 21, and Kailyn Bonia, 20, to four to five years in state prison followed by three years of probation.  

While on probation, they are required by statute, to be monitored by a GPS device and to register as sex offenders.  Judge Tuttman also ordered them to stay away from and have no direct or indirect contact with the victim and Sydnee Enos, the primary witness, and their families, to undergo sex offender treatment, to submit to a mental health and substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommendations and to remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random screens.

“With this sentence, the Court acknowledges the severity of the crimes perpetrated by these defendants.  They cruelly attacked a highly intoxicated teenager, who, nevertheless tried to resist them and get away.  I hope that she is now able to put this horrific event behind her,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “I wish to commend Sydnee Enos and her parents, for their quick thinking and compassion for the victim.  Were it not for them, the outcome most certainly would have been more tragic.”

In her sentencing argument, Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall said, “This was not a consensual act that spiraled out of control because of drugs and alcohol.  This was a targeted and vicious assault.”

ADA MacDougall thanked Saugus Police Detective Stacey Forni for her assistance with the case.  ADA MacDougall was assisted by Essex ADA Maria Markos and Essex Victim Advocate Cristina Garcia.

On July 19, 2016, a jury convicted Mr. Deihim of 2 counts of Assault to Rape, 4 counts of Indecent Assault & Battery, Kidnapping and Posing a Child in the Nude.  Ms. Bonia was convicted of all but the Posing a Child in the Nude charge.

Ms. Bonia will serve her sentence at MCI – Framingham and she received 371 days of credit.  She was represented by Attorney James Caramanica.

Mr. Deihim will serve his sentence at MCI – Cedar Junction and he received 395 days of credit.  He was represented by Attorney Stephen Neyman.

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