High School Football Player Arrested for His Alleged Role in Fellow Student Having Sex with Multiple Partners in School Bathroom
The 16-year-old faces multiple felony charges
A fellow student has been arrested in the case of the 15-year-old Florida girl who allegedly had sex with multiple partners in a high school bathroom.
A 16-year-old member of the high school football team was arrested on Friday for his alleged role in the incident. He was charged with two felony charges of cruelty to children for allowing the victim to engage in a sex act. He was also charged with possession of obscene material – a charge that arises from the cellphone video of the incident.
Because he is a minor, PEOPLE is not naming the suspect, who pleaded not guilty to all charges on Saturday morning. Calls to his family have not been returned.
A judge ordered that the boy serve 21 days of home detention. He has been barred from school grounds, and cannot have contact with anyone under the age of 15. He is also not allowed to have contact with anyone else involved with the case.
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The case drew international attention after reports that as many as 25 male students entered the bathroom during the hour-long incident.
Last week, the girl’s mother also came forward and said that her daughter had been a victim of sex trafficking for two years.
In a statement, Lee County School District spokeswoman Jennifer DeShazo addressed the boy’s relationship with the football team.
“We are aware that an arrest was made today concerning the incident,” she told News-Press.com. “Today’s events are not a reflection of the football team in any way and should not be portrayed as such.”
In a statement to PEOPLE, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott confirmed the arrest: “While it is regrettable that this incident occurred in the first place, we are always committed to holding everyone responsible for their actions.”