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9 male high school athletes charged with 'holding down at least 10 other boys and sexually assaulting them with pipes, bottles and baseball bats'

9 Texas high schoolers charged with 'hazing' sex assault

  • Seven juveniles were arrested last week and two adult students on Monday
  • Police believe alleged offenses at La Vernia High stretch back to at least 2014 
  • One parent said kids were held down and had objects pushed 'into their rectums'
  • Alleged incidents took place in locker rooms by gangs of boys, she said
  • Cops were alerted after a boy was allegedly assaulted in a junior high bathroom
  • Cops say more arrests are expected and more victims are coming forward
  • They also say that some of the school's graduates are now 'persons of interest'
  • None of the suspects or victims have yet been named by police but all are male
  • School Super. Jose Moreno said the news 'crushed the spirit of our community' 

Nine Texas high school students - seven of them juveniles - have been charged after they allegedly sexually assaulted other boys with objects including bottles and even baseball bats.

The students - all of whom are or were athletes - have been charged with allegations going back as far as 2014, La Vernia police Chief Bruce Ritchey said Monday. More arrests are likely to follow, he added.

Police are not releasing details of the alleged crimes, but one mother told Fox San Antonio that a gang of boys held down her son and other boys, and forced foreign objects into their rectums.

'Kids were holding them down in the locker rooms, there was a lookout at the door watching for coaches not to come,' she said.

'They hold them down and stick various items up their rectum... including coke bottles, deodorant bottles, steel pipes, baseball bats and broomsticks.' 

Arrested: Two unidentified adult students (one pictured) were arrested on Monday at La Vernia High School on sexual assault charges. Police also arrested seven juveniles last week

Arrested: Two unidentified adult students (one pictured) were arrested on Monday at La Vernia High School on sexual assault charges. Police also arrested seven juveniles last week

Suspect: Police are not naming any of the suspects or victims, or stating the nature of the sexual assaults, but they say the incidents stretch back at least to 2014

Suspect: Police are not naming any of the suspects or victims, or stating the nature of the sexual assaults, but they say the incidents stretch back at least to 2014

The mother said she only became aware of the harm done to her boy when he told her she did not want to attend football practice.

Ritchey said the hazing primarily involved the football team at the 1,000-student school, but the basketball and baseball teams were also involved to a lesser degree. 

The horrific stories emerged after one child told police they sexually assaulted in the boys' bathroom of La Vernia Junior High School a parent also told Fox San Antonio.

His admission led to two others coming forward, the parent, who did not want to be identified, said. 

'I'm frustrated,' they added. 'If these things are going on in the school, how do I know my child is safe going there?'

The victims were freshmen and sophomore students, police said. There were at least ten of them.

And now, police said, some of the school's graduates have become 'persons of interest' in their investigation.

The juvenile suspects were arrested last week, after several students were sent for 'forensic interviews' with the Children’s Alliance of South Texas.

Results suggested that a 'crime had been committed,' Ritchey said. 

The juveniles have all been released to their parents, while the adults were arrested Monday and booked into Wilson County Jail in Floresville. 

Police are not specifying the nature of the sexual assaults or the names of any of those charged. 

The number of others under investigation has also not been released. 

However, he told MySanAntonio that more arrested were expected, and that complaints from other alleged victims had continued to roll in. 

It has not yet been decided whether the students will be accepted back into the school or sent to another district.

The allegations have rocked La Vernia, a farming town of about 1,000 residents situated about 20 miles east of San Antonio. 

Several parents - some of whom live outside the town but send their kids to the school - complained on the La Vernia Independent School District's Facebook page.

Accusations: Police say more students are coming forward with accusations, and that more arrests are expected

Accusations: Police say more students are coming forward with accusations, and that more arrests are expected

Police charge La Vernia HS students with sexual assault

Courtesy of KSAT

'Hard to be proud of this community when my 16 year old is crying because he doesn't understand how his friend could assault his other friends in such a disgusting way,' Cody Jean Fuller said.

'For the first time ever I'm ashamed to claim LV as my hometown.'

'I feel the same,' replied Stacy Helms. 'It's left a lot of other kids that were not victims or abusers with so many questions. 

'My son had friends on both sides of this and he can not wrap his mind around what has happened. Trying to answer all the questions when I have so many questions.'

School superintendent Jose Moreno wrote on the page: 'The travesty of the events occurring at the La Vernia High School have crushed the spirit of our community.'

He promised that the high school's administration and athletic directors 'are implementing additional protocols to provide students a clear path of communication to report a concern, receive counseling and know that their voices will be heard while maintaining their privacy.'

In a statement to Fox San Antonio, he added that the school has been told not to look into the the claims itself until after the police investigation has concluded.

'Assault': One parent claimed that a child was assaulted in the boys' bathroom of La Vernia Junior High, and that after that was reported others came forward

'Assault': One parent claimed that a child was assaulted in the boys' bathroom of La Vernia Junior High, and that after that was reported others came forward


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Comment by Anthony Phoenix on April 6, 2017 at 11:57am

I agree sending to jail is far too nice or them, someone(s) should consider doing something as evil to them as they may have done to these victims!

Comment by Vee on March 29, 2017 at 1:54pm
These young men should be punished and make an example of them in their community by sending them to jail to be treated the same way they treated those young boys
Comment by Cee Gee on March 29, 2017 at 8:32am

I was hoping it wasn't black people and I know that is not a nice way to think but I really was hoping it wasn't my own people doing this.

Comment by AA on March 29, 2017 at 8:23am

Majority of these young white males in sports have some issues that are damaging to other teammates.Not only white young males experience such abuse in high school and college sports who pick out the weaker to abuse sexually through hazing. I think that they feel the one being abused may be gay or they are closeted and the ones doing the abuse are trying to prove they are straight but most likely some are actually gay themselves. Whatever the reason, this has been going on for many many years in the past and needs to stop cause its damaging many young man mental state to function normally at their past in their future. Still don't fully understand the purpose of sexually abusing males from males in in order to be apart of a sports team in high school and colleges.  

Comment by Karen dickey on March 28, 2017 at 9:15pm
Now u MF no ur ass is gay u want to use ur penis not pipes bats n s***
Comment by Ruth Peterson on March 28, 2017 at 5:11pm

What is it with white boys?  Why do they love shoving stuff up other men's asses?  It seems to start young - sometimes even in middle school.  You read so many articles about white boys hazing other boys and it always starts and end with some white teenager violating another teenager's butt hole.  Something is definitely wrong with those young white boys.

Comment by danny dee on March 28, 2017 at 3:16pm
So true Vaughn Mitchell
Comment by vaughn mitchell on March 28, 2017 at 2:51pm
Nothing about this story in mainstream news, but if the perpetrator s were black , it would have made world news.
Comment by G Double on March 28, 2017 at 2:39pm

So, so sad.... Since it has been going on for years, there are a lot of messed up boys running around harming other due to their un-resolved pain. Im sure many individuals knew about it, but turned a blind eye because the LOVE of the sport, superseded their love of child. Look at what happened with that dude Jerry Sandusky and now his Son, all for the same reason. One day, real soon, God will deal with all of these perverts who victimize children. (Ps 37:9-11)

That is just my 2 Cents

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