Five junior varsity football players from Damascus High School have been charged with sexual assault crimes after an alleged hazing incident at the school on Halloween.
Montgomery County Police announced that as of 10:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 2, a total of five juvenile males had been charged in connection with the hazing and sexual assault which took place at the school on Halloween.
Earlier on Friday, MCPD announced that three juvenile males had been charged with two counts of second-degree rape and two counts of attempted second-degree rape from an incident which occurred Damascus High School on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Late Friday night, police added two more juvenile males to the list of those who have been charged. One juvenile has been charged with three counts of second-degree rape and one juvenile has been charged with one count of attempted second-degree rape.
Investigators from the Special Victims Investigations Division have determined that sexual assaults occurred in Damascus High School male locker room after school dismissal. The three suspects and four victims are Damascus High School students. The four juvenile male victims have been identified.
MCPD announced yesterday that investigators were looking the alleged assault, which was reportedly part of hazing on the football team.
“The alleged behavior is upsetting and unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Damascus HS,” Casey Crouse the school’s principal said in an email to parents. “Investigators will work to determine if any of the alleged acts in this reported incident rise to the level of a criminal offense.”
“Any student who is found to have hazed another student will be disciplined in accordance with the MCPS Student Code of Conduct and may also face legal consequences,” Crouse wrote.
It is reported that all involved members, both the suspects and the victims are members of the junior varsity football team. As a result, the school forfeited its final JV game which was to be played on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Members of the varsity football team took the field tonight, Friday night in a game to be played at Wootton. The varsity squad won its 51st consecutive victory last Friday to set a Maryland record.
Last night, the juvenile suspects were taken into custody, charged, and processed at the SVID office. All charges are currently being processed through the Maryland juvenile justice system.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.
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