Saugus Snapchat Assailants Found Guilty
An Essex Superior Court jury returned guilty verdicts on all but one count this afternoon after nearly 10 hours of deliberations in the so-called Saugus Snapchat sexual assault case.
Rashad Deihim, 21, was found guilty of Assault to Rape (2 counts); Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person over 14 (4 counts); and Kidnapping; and Posing a Child in Nude with Lascivious Intent.
Kailyn Bonia, 20, was found guilty of Assault to Rape (2 counts); Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person over 14 (4 counts); and Kidnapping. She was found not guilty of Posing a Child in Nude with Lascivious Intent.
Judge Kathe Tuttman revoked Mr. Deihim’s bail and ordered him into custody. Ms. Bonia had previously had her bail revoked and was already in custody.
None of the charges carry a minimum mandatory sentence. Lascivious Pose Child in Nude is punishable by either 10 to 20 years in prison or probation.
“I want to thank the jury for their careful attention to the evidence in this case,” said District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. “I must also commend the victim for her courage in facing her assailants in court. I hope that, with this verdict, she is assured that what happened to her was not her fault.”
Assistant District Attorneys Kate MacDougall and Maria Markos introduced evidence that proved that on September 3, 2014, the defendants sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a 16-year-old highly intoxicated girl in the woods behind the Waybright Elementary School in Saugus while a third person, Timothy Cyckowski, 19, posted videos of the attack on the social media app Snapchat.
Sydnee Enos, who was 16 at the time and knew the victim and the defendants, received the Snapchat videos sent by Cyckowski and alerted her mother. Together she and her mother, Michelle, viewed additional videos which depicted sexual assaults on the victim. Sydnee was able to take 2 screenshots of the videos which were introduced as evidence. Sydnee and her mother both testified that Bonia appeared to be holding the victim down by her neck while she kissed her and was forcing her head toward Deihim in order to perform a sexual act.
The Enos family then notified the Saugus Police who responded to the scene. They found the victim half-dressed and incoherent. She was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital and then later to Boston Children’s Hospital.
Cyckowski pleaded guilty to filming the alleged assault on March 14, 2016 in Lynn Juvenile Court. He was found delinquent and committed to DYS until he turns 20 and then must serve 4 years of probation. Timothy’s father, Matthew Cyckowski, 39, pleaded guilty to willfully misleading a police investigation on March 24, 2016. He was sentenced to serve 2 years on Probation.
ADAs MacDougall and Markos thanked Saugus Police Detective Stacy Forni for her work on the investigation and Essex Victim Advocate Cristina Garcia.
Mr. Deihim is represented by Attorney Stephen Neyman. Ms. Bonia is represented by Attorney James Caramanica. Sentencing is scheduled for September 6, 2016 at 9:00 am in Salem Superior Court.