Current U.S. attorney for Idaho, Wendy J. Olson, threatened Idahoans with federal prosecution if they spread “false or inflammatory information” about the three Muslim boys suspect in the rape of a five-year-old special needs girl. The accused are 14, 10, and 7 years of age.
The assault took place at a laundry mat where the three boys stripped, sexually assaulted, and urinated on the girl. The attack could have escalated even more so if an elderly person would not have intervened. The eldest of the boys took pictures as the crime was occurring.
These actions have led members of the community to criticize the federal program responsible for sending migrants into their city. This has led Wendy Olson to reply with:
“The United States Attorney’s Office extends its support to the five-year-old victim of assault, and her family, at the Fawnbrook Apartments in Twin Falls. The United States Attorney’s Office further encourages community members in Twin Falls and throughout Idaho to remain calm and supportive, to pay close attention to the facts that have been released by law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney, and to avoid spreading false rumors and inaccuracies.”
Olson’s remarks were made after a number of websites published inaccurate information, such as the indication of the rape occurring at knifepoint. The process of implementing these threats is unknown.
“Grant Loebs is an experienced prosecutor, and Chief Craig Kingsbury is an experienced law enforcement officer. They are moving fairly and thoughtfully in this case. As Mr. Loebs and Chief Kingsbury informed the public, the subjects in this case are juveniles, ages 14, 10 and 7. The criminal justice system, whether at the state or federal level, requires that juveniles be afforded a specific process with significant restrictions on the information that can be released. The fact that the subjects are juveniles in no way lessens the harm to or impact on the victim and her family. The spread of false information or inflammatory or threatening statements about the perpetrators or the crime itself reduces public safety and may violate federal law. We have seen time and again that the spread of falsehoods about refugees divides our communities. I urge all citizens and residents to allow Mr. Loebs and Chief Kingsbury and their teams to do their jobs.”
-Wendy Olson, U.S. Attorney
This is not the first attempt of Obama’s administration to try and silence free speech. U.S. Attorney, Loretta Lynch, discussed her growing fear of speech critical of Islam at a Muslim Advocacy dinner.
The two older boys are believed to be from Sudan and the youngest from Iraq. The government has yet to comment on the migrant status of these three individuals other than that they entered the United States within the last two years. However, the strong possibility that these boys came to the United States as refugees has yet to be proven false.
The three boys have since been released from an Idaho detention center into the care of their now evicted families.