A Boston man has been arrested after allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl in front of concertgoers at a Keith Urban country music show in Mansfield, Mass. this weekend.
Sean Murphy, 18, was charged with sexual assault after raping the teenager in front of fans who told authorities they didn’t realize what they were witnessing.
The incident began when a witness approached an officer to report a possible rape on the front lawn of the venue, according to a Mansfield Police statement. According to a police report, a witness told an officer she approached the female who was on the ground and asked her if the “event” was consensual. She allegedly told the witness “no.”
Then the witness, “saw the female break free and run.” Police, in their statement, said a witness pushed the suspect off of the victim. The suspect then fled into the crowd.
Patrons brought the victim to get help and reunite her with her friends, according to the police statement.
After receiving a description of the suspect from witnesses, police closed the venue’s gates and searched for Murphy. He was found, arrested and taken into custody.
Witnesses say more than a dozen people looked-on, taking photos. Police are processing those photos as evidence, according to their Facebook post.
Murphy told police it was consensual. According to the police report, Murphy “stressed that he did not force himself on her.”
The rape occurred on the same day that dozens of concertgoers at the show were arrested or treated for alcohol consumption and poisoning.
SOURCE: CBS | PHOTO CREDIT: Mansfield Police