Four more Spotsylvania High School football players have been charged in connection with an Oct. 23 incident in which at least one other player was sexually assaulted with a broomstick, authorities said.
The incident occurred in the school locker room prior to a trip for an away game, police said last month. Two players, ages 14 and 15, say they were hazed and assaulted by several older members of the team.
Authorities said they investigated a complaint shortly after the alleged incident, but no charges were filed after at least one of the victims initially denied that anything had happened.
The investigation later resumed, and a 15-year-old boy was arrested on Nov. 13 and charged with attempted sodomy with an inanimate object and assault by mob.
Police continued investigating and prosecutor Matt Lowery said the other four players were arrested the night before Thanksgiving. They were charged with offenses that include object sexual penetration, sexual battery, assault by mob and hazing. The sexual penetration charge is a felony.
Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pearce declined to discuss the arrests, saying that “some matters are still under investigation. Lowery also would not discuss the details of the case, but the state code defines the felony charge in part as an object penetrating the victim’s anus.
Two of the four arrested last week are 18 and the other two are 16. Lowery said that the 18-year-olds were still 17 at the time of the offense and their cases are being handled by the juvenile system.
All five players have trials scheduled for Feb. 4 in Spotsylvania Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Lowery said that as of Monday, four of the defendants were still in the local juvenile detention center.
An attorney for the first student to be charged said Monday evening that he was no longer at the detention center.