4 Teen Teammates Face Adult Sex Assault Charges

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Four middle-school students in the Tampa, Fla., area have been charged as adults with sexually assaulting a younger flag-football teammate in a locker room.

The teens are accused of holding down a 13-year-old classmate and assaulting him with a broomstick and hockey stick. The younger teammate told investigators the boys harassed and bullied him from
mid-March until early May, during the season for the interscholastic sport.

State attorney's office spokeswoman Pam Bondi said Wednesday that each boy faces four counts of sexual battery, stemming from multiple incidents. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Three of the boys charged are 14 and the other is 15. The students at Walker Middle School in Odessa each pleaded not guilty at a hearing Wednesday.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 13, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    Some of you feel sick, some disgusted, others want them to have a slap on the wrist, others want them in jail. Then we have murders by teens, car jacking, teens selling drugs, street gangs, and this is only a small part, you read the article, police officers see and live the crimes and you wonder why they are callous.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jacksonville on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    This is just horrible! Middle school students? Disgusting and shameful what they did. Where were the coaches or PE teachers? Why were they allowed to be in the locker room with no supervision or at least someone checking on them? This makes me sick to my stomach.
  • by AL Location: Greene co on Jun 11, 2009 at 01:01 AM
    Man talking about being anal! I think Alex is right. Sam needs help on his opinions Neo is speaking the truth. These punks are sick.Ill bet they saw this on the internet on these sick sites that are allowed on them. Where are the parents??
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Jun 7, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    If found guilty, lock the boys in with general population for 1 month. Then they would never even think of this again
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jun 5, 2009 at 10:53 PM
    Sam, do you really think your proposed punishment is an appropriate response to a sexual assault with a broomstick and a hockey stick? I bet if you were assaulted with just the broomstick you would want the others punished more severely....well...maybe not.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 4, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    Don't let those boys play sports again for another 2 years and see if they will do that again.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jun 4, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    When does this ever seem like a good idea? How do you think of doing something like this? "Hey, you know what we oughta do to him? It'll be hilarious." NOT! It's disgusting and I hope they get the punishment they deserve.
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