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Teens Connected Online With Victims Before Assault

It's a story first seen here on 6News Tuesday.

Since then two 19 year olds have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.

Lansing Police told 6News Tynathan Felder and Elbert Pope both had prior contact with their victims before the assault, but never explained how.

Tonight our Nick Perreault sat down with Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart      Dunnings III in search of that answer.

Two 19 year olds sit in jail accused of a slew of felony charges.

Records show Tynathan Felder and Elbert Pope face a total of 9 counts first degree criminal sexual conduct for two alleged sexual assaults.

6News learned the two met the alleged victims through advertisements placed online possibly on Backpage and Craigslist.

"Where some females were offering for some, these people arranged to procure those services and at that point in time the crimes occurred with more than one person," said Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III.

Prosecutor Dunnings wouldn't confirm what those services were for, but says there could be more people involved in similar activity.

"My concern is that there could be other people, particularly females out there who've advertised and been victims of these crimes or still may be advertising and might be susceptible to further incident of this crime and they need to be wary."

Wary because these are serious offenses and those responsible should be put behind bars.

"I'd like to assure them that if they have been victimized in this fashion they should come forward, it doesn't get much more serious than this," Prosecutor Dunnings said.

With most of the charges having a maximum sentence of life in prison, Prosecutor Dunnings III says speaking out can only help put the men responsible for such heinous crimes where they belong, in prison.

Tynathan Felder and Elbert Pope have preliminary hearings scheduled for Wednesday July 3rd.

Make sure to stay with 6News for the latest on this story.

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