Five High School Students Charged with Attempted Rape of Special-Ed Classmate
Police claim they held down a special education student and tried to sodomize him with a broomstick
Five high school students were charged on Friday with second-degree attempted rape in an attack on a special-education student, according to The Seattle Times.
The incident reportedly happened in a student locker room at Juanita High School in Kirkland, Washington, on Oct. 22, 2014.
Four 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old were arrested in October and “emergency expelled” from the school while police investigated a reported sexual assault of an 18-year-old male student, the newspaper reports.
According to court documents obtained by the newspaper, the student was lured into the shower area of the locker room and held down by three of the boys, who then pulled down his pants and underwear.
Another boy attempted to sodomize him with a broomstick.
The Lake Washington School District released a statement on Friday, according to KING 5.
“The possibility that an incident of this nature could occur at Juanita High School has been devastating to this school and our community,” part of the statement reads. “Juanita High School and Lake Washington School District have cooperated fully with police and prosecutors regarding the incident.”
Witness accounts and text messages leading up to the incident suggested that it was planned, according to The Seattle Times.
“Although the incident does not appear to have been sexually motivated, the charges reflect that the attack involved an attempted or threatened penetration with a broom handle while one student was restrained by several others,” the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said in a news release, the newspaper reports.
Two Juanita High School football coaches were placed on administrative leave in November while the investigation continued.
All five students who were charged in juvenile court have been expelled from the school.
The students are scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court on Feb. 20, according to KING 5.