LYNN — While two adults allegedly sexually assaulted an intoxicated 16-year-old girl behind a Saugus school last month, Timothy Cyckowski, 17, was there too, “cheering on” what was happening, recording it, and disseminating video clips on Snapchat, a prosecutor said Thursday.
The video clips were sent via the mobile application to an untold number people, said Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall. Now Cyckowski is being held without bail pending his trial on charges of kidnapping, two counts of assault to rape, and posing a child in a state of nudity.
“I find by clear and convincing evidence that no condition of release imposed on the juvenile will assure the safety of either the victim or the community,” said Essex County Juvenile Court Judge Michael Edgerton in ruling that Cyckowski be held as a dangerous person.
Two other Saugus residents, Rashad Deihim, 19, and Kailyn Bonia, 18, have also been indicted. They are both adults and are to be arraigned Friday in Salem Superior Court.
Prosecutors have said that the girl in the video would have likely died as a result of the Sept. 3 attack if not for the actions of a female witness who received at least four Snapchat clips and alerted police. The woman captured screenshots of the video clips, which disappear within seconds of being sent, and persuaded Cyckowski to disclose his location behind Waybright Elementary School, prosecutors say.
The girl was so intoxicated that she could not speak or stand up and had injuries on her body from her neck down, including a ligature mark on her throat and a bite mark on her breast, according to prosecutors. She has no memory of what happened, MacDougall said.
“We can say with certainty that while each and every of those videos was being made Mr. Cyckowski was present, actively participating, and disseminating what he was seeing,” MacDougall said.
Defense attorney Eitan Goldberg said Cyckowski’s role was “significantly lesser” than the alleged actions of Deihim and Bonia. He said Cyckowski did not get involved until after the girl in the video met up with Deihim and Bonia.
While the girl was with those two, alcohol and marijuana was consumed, Goldberg said. He argued Cyckowski should be released on bail, fitted with a GPS bracelet, and placed under house arrest.
“The victim on the case met with the co-defendants, not with my client,” Goldberg said. “There’s no planning or participation alleged...that will support finding him dangerous.”
Cyckowski was arrested Sept. 12 and later indicted by a grand jury as a youthful offender If convicted, he could face the same penalties as an adult.
Cyckowski sat next to his lawyer during the hearing wearing khaki pants, a striped button-down shirt, and sneakers. He is due back in court Oct. 30.
His parents, who were in the courtroom, held each other as their son was led away by a court officer after Edgerton ordered him held.
The teen’s father, 37-year-old Matthew Cyckowski, has also been charged.
A grand jury indicted the elder Cyckowski last month on one count of misleading police. Prosecutors allege the elder Cyckowski got rid of the cellphone that could link his son to the alleged sex assault.
They say when police asked for his son’s cellphone, the elder Cyckowski turned over his own phone, saying it belonged to the boy. Prior to handing in the phone, he transferred his son’s telephone number to his own phone, according to prosecutors.
The elder Cyckowski pleaded not guilty and is free on personal recognizance.