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Local Police Following Up On Suspicious Online Video

Tallahassee Police Department website

Tallahassee police say they’re taking seriously a video of an apparent rape posted on a social media site called The Yeti. But TPD public information officer, David Northway says the incident will require a careful investigation.

“It’s just going to simply take time for our investigators. It’s not a two-to-five-second video and a two-to-five-second investigation. It’s going to have to be a thorough investigation to insure the safety and mental and physical and emotional wellbeing of our victim if there is one,” Northway says.

Northway says the video does not show an actual sexual battery in action, but what appears to be a sexual battery about to take place. He says there’s a possibility it is a hoax, but adds officers are treating the investigation as if a crime has taken place. The video appeared in the FAMU subset of the Yeti, but Northway says officers believe the incident did not occur on the university’s campus.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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