Coach on Leave After Boys Claim Sexual Assault by Team Members
Assault and battery are serious issues in the U.S. that can occur in many forms ranging from a physical fight to a verbal attack. It is not only the physical harm that can cause damage to a person, but emotional pain can be just as scarring. No matter what type of assault occurs, it should never be ignored and victims should have a chance to fight for justice.
A recent case at a Southern California high school has brought an egregious sexual assault case to the media’s attention. The boy’s team soccer coach is currently on leave after four boys on the team claimed that they were victims of a sexual assault hazing ritual that was led by other team members.
According to a Los Angeles news station, the incident occurred last spring when four freshmen boys made the varsity team at La Puente High School and were sexually assaulted by older teammates in a room right by the coach’s office.
Representation for the plaintiffs said that the boys’ soccer coach, “lured young boys to a back room to facilitate varsity members of the team sexually assaulting the boys by attempting to sodomize them with a foreign object.” Four suspects were arrested for assault against children, they have all been released at this time.
Representation also claims that the school knew or should have known of the incident and if they did know, they may be guilty of covering up the hazing incident. Police officials stated that the hazing events may have been going on for years. Over 70 people have now been interviewed in regards to this case including past and present students.