PUBLISHED: 05:05 EST, 11 June 2012 | UPDATED: 11:56 EST, 11 June 2012
Two teenagers accused of being gay were taped to chairs and subjected to a horrific bout of abuse which was filmed and posted to Facebook, it has been claimed.
The boys, aged 16 and 17, were allegedly forced to wear women’s underwear and made to undress, shower and kiss each other by at least four attackers, prosecutors say.
They were also thrown down the stairs and beaten with fists and sticks at a house in Northwoods, St Louis, Missouri, on October 27 last year.
Claims: Nicholas Nettles (left) and Brandon Nettles (right) allegedly beat and humiliated two teenagers
Nicholas Nettles, 20, and his 22-year-old brother Brandon have had their pre-trial hearings at St Louis County Court set for later this month. Walter Worthan, 21, faces trial in August.
Nicholas Nettles’ lawyer Nick Zotos said: ‘I think it’s more bullying-hazing than anything else. Or humiliation.’
Richard Lozano, Worthan’s lawyer, added that he thought his client was named because the events happened at his house.
He said: ‘There may have been ‘boys-will-be-boys’ type of activity happening, but would certainly be nothing that would rise to the level of criminal activity.’
Accused: Walter Worthan is also implicated in the crime
He said he thought his client had been ‘overcharged’ and will ‘definitely’ protest at trial.
The trio were indicted on January 25 on two felony counts each of kidnapping, felonious restraint and sexual exploitation of a minor.
They were also charged with two misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault, and police are looking at whether to add charges of child pornography to the sheet.
At least another two people are believed to have taken part in the alleged assault, but they have so far not been identified, thestltoday.com reports.
Court documents state that a woman whose son had seen the pictures online called police the day after the alleged assault.