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Five Arrested for Gay Teen Assault

Five Arrested for Gay Teen Assault

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Five men have been arrested and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in connection with the brutal beating of a gay, South Carolina teen.

Joshua Esskew was beaten on April 9 outside the Spot Convenience store in Rock Hill. Authorities told the Charlotte Observer the FBI has been investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.

Esskew's beating made headlines when surveillance video from the store was released, showing the men brutally attacking the teen in what appeared to be a gang assault.

If convicted, each of the men could face up to 20 years in prison.

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