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Woman sentenced to probation for taking photo of rape victim

Woman sentenced to probation for taking photo of rape victim

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She told a judge she was "truly sorry" for taking a photo of a teenager who was lying naked next to her brother in bed.

Sorry for the photo. Sorry for posting it on Instagram. Sorry for the bit of bullying, including an expletive, that accompanied the photo.

Jalyia Templeman, 19, told the judge she didn't know her brother and one of his friends repeatedly had raped the 16-year-old girl.

Citing her remorse, her young age and her lack of record, Judge Greg Schatz on Tuesday sentenced Templeman to two years of probation. She had faced up to 20 months in prison.

As brutal as the picture was — one juror cried after seeing it in court — Schatz noted that it was critical to the police investigation.

A detective was able to link the photo to Jalyia Templeman's Instagram account, which eventually led the detective to Javohn Templeman and Nicholas Bregg.

"As it turns out, (the photo) may have been helpful to police," Schatz said.

Jalyia Templeman's attorney, Molly Blazek, said her client was helpful throughout. She was willing to testify for the state, even though she didn't know the 16-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted.

"She has been cooperative throughout the case," Blazek said. "My client had no knowledge of the offenses or acts committed by (Javohn Templeman and Bregg.) The only connection is a common victim."

For the 16-year-old victim, the photo was the final insult to a horrific night.

Javohn Templeman and Bregg had met the girl at a South Omaha party. Prosecutor Beth Beninato suspects that someone slipped something into the girl's drink. She fell unconscious.

Templeman and Bregg carted her to a friend's house, where they took turns raping her, her dead-weight legs falling to the floor. Later, they carted her to Javohn Templeman's house, and Javohn Templeman said he had sex with her there.

The girl suffered bruises to her face and throughout her body and tears to her vagina and anus. Attorneys for Javohn Templeman and Bregg contend that the injuries likely were caused by other partygoers who were seen messing with the victim at the party.

Javohn Templeman took his case to trial, was convicted and was sentenced to a term that will keep him in prison for the next 11 to 12 1/2 years. Bregg took a plea deal and was sentenced to the equivalent of 4 1/2 to five years in prison.

Jalyia Templeman pleaded no contest to recording a juvenile in a state of undress, a felony.

After finding the girl in a bed at her home, she snapped a photo of the young woman, naked from the waist down. Legs splayed.

The photo was posted on Jalyia's Instagram account with this comment: "Some random bitch. My brother and his friends tried to be Captain Save a hoe and brought her to my house."

"I'm truly sorry to the victim," Jalyia told the judge Tuesday. "I've been cooperative with the prosecutor and the court system. I'm sorry for the part I took. ... Sorry for everything."

Contact the writer: 402-444-1275, todd.cooper@owh.com

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