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A young woman has told police of a harrowing days-long sexual assault after going to visit a man she met online.
The 18-year-old woman who had been missing for a week turned up in the emergency room of a Nebraska hospital with injuries consistent with a prolonged sexual assault. She told cops that she had been held captive and sexually assaulted by three men.
The victim, who was reported missing on Thursday, May 13, told police that she had gone to the home of Talon Dennis, 22, in Lincoln, Nebraska, after meeting him through social media.
When she got there Dennis and another man, named as Ricky Ossler, 24, told her they would “take care of her if she watched after their children and did housework for them,” according to a report from local news channel KETV 7 Omaha.
The woman says that Ossler and Dennis drugged her soon after she arrived.
The two men then took her to another address, where she says, she was “knocked out”. When she came to, she found that Dennis, Ossler, and a third man – named in police reports as Gianni Phillips, 23, – were all sexually assaulting her.
In the victim’s statement to police, she says that Dennis and Ossler took her back to their apartment the following morning. There they held her there against her will from May 7 to 21, sexually assaulting her on a number of occasions.
Eventually, the two men went out, leaving her alone in the apartment and she made her escape and took herself to a nearby hospital.
A search warrant was served at Dennis and Ossler’s apartment on Saturday, May 22, and the two men were taken into custody.
The following morning, a search warrant was served at Phillips’s home and he was also subsequently taken into custody.
All three men have been charged with 1st Degree Sexual Assault and 1st Degree False Imprisonment. Ossler also had an outstanding warrant for a suspended driving license and Phillips had a warrant out for driving under suspension.
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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