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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say the case of a Phoenix man accused of raping a passed-out woman and showing it live on the Internet has been delayed.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ruled that prosecutors violated the due process rights of 21-year-old Johnathan Hock in grand jury proceedings.
Hock was charged with two counts of sexual assault, voyeurism and surreptitious recording. The judge's recent ruling effectively dismisses the charges and forces prosecutors to obtain a new indictment. Should that happen, Hock is scheduled for trial in August.
Authorities say Hock is accused of raping the woman on Feb. 26 during a live feed on a social networking site where users broadcast themselves. Witnesses called police to report the alleged 30-minute rape.