Marblehead man arrested after apparent rape is shared on Snapchat

James Allen, 77, has been charged with first degree rape. (Ottawa Co. Sheriff's Office).

A 77-year old Marblehead man has been charged with first degree rape after police say he assaulted a 20-year old woman.

James Allen was arrested early Tuesday after police in Danbury Township were notified of a video shared on social media app Snapchat.

"Very disturbing. Very horrible," said Police Chief Michael Meisler.

He said officers were dispatched to the Lakeside Marblehead home around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday to conduct a welfare check. Upon arrival, they were allowed into the home by Allen, who led them to a bedroom.

They determined that the woman was intoxicated but otherwise okay, so they left.

Later in the morning, a friend of the woman in Texas saw the video on Snapchat and alerted police.

"He really did the right thing an we applaud him for that."

Police arrested Allen without incident.

He was booked in the Ottawa County jail on Tuesday and appeared in court on Wednesday for his arraignment. Allen did not have an attorney -- though he told the judge he intended to hire one.

The arraignment was rescheduled for next week and bond was set at $1 million.

Chief Meisler says the video proves that the encounter was not wanted.

"She tried to resist as much as possible. Verbally saying 'no,' and things like that."

It's unclear if the video was sent intentionally.

"We're sorry that this happened to this young lady. It was obviously horrible but we're happy she was able to capture the images and video on her cell phone," said Meisler.

NBC 24 reached out to Snap, Inc., the company that operates Snapchat, but did not hear back as of this writing.

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