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A recent sexual assault charge in Florida has been linked to a high-tech kind of witness: an online gamer who overheard an apparent rape through an online-gaming headset.
A Fox affiliate in Pasco County, Florida, reported that the arrest of 18-year-old Daniel Fabian on November 21 stemmed from a “late June” report by an unnamed Grand Theft Auto Online player. This deputy affidavit alleges that Fabian had told other online players, through voice chat, that he was stepping away to “smash” (a slang term for sexual activity) with someone, and that this person was 15 years old.
According to the affidavit, Fabian apparently failed to mute his attached microphone. The affidavit also alleges that during the following 15 minutes, the witness heard cries of “distress” and the word “no” from a woman’s voice. Other details about this witness report, including the witness’s affiliation with the defendant or how this evidence led to an eventual discovery of an alleged victim (and her submission of a medical exam and DNA test, which linked Fabian to the assault), have not appeared in reports about the charges.