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February 23, 2014

Feds charge teen with hate crime

Case involves alleged beating of man because of his sexual orientation

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Since his arrest Sept. 10 on a state aggravated assault charge, Johnson has been in jail.

“I invited this guy over, right,” Johnson allegedly told his family members in a recorded phone call from the Parker County Jail. “At first it was basically like a joke that went too far and too wrong. I invited him over because he was a [derogatory term for a gay person] or whatever.”

“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Sarah R. Saldaña said in a statement Friday.  “With the assistance of all our partners, hate crimes will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“We will thoroughly investigate all suspected violations of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in our community,” Special Agent in Charge of FBI Dallas Division Diego Rodriguez said.

Keahey, who was hospitalized for 10 days, said his skull and facial fractures required facial reconstruction surgery and the beating caused brain trauma and memory loss that is still affecting him.

He’s also suffered anxiety and depression and has had trouble rebuilding his life since the incident, according to Keahey.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist Keahey with medical and day-to-day expenses since the attack and can be found at: www.gofundme.com/69haaw.

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