Four 15-year-old members of the Damascus High School football team have been arrested and charged, as adults with rape for their participation in an alleged hazing and sexual assault incident in the locker room at Damascus High School last month.
The Montgomery County Police Department- Special Victims Investigations Division, at the direction of the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, have charged four of the defendants previously charged as juveniles in the October 31, 2018, Damascus High School sexual assaults as adults, said a release from the police department on Wednesday afternoon.
It is reported that all involved members, both the suspects and the victims are members of the football team.
The fifth juvenile remains charged as a juvenile.
Police said the four juveniles were arrested Wednesday morning, Nov. 21 on the strength of Montgomery County criminal warrants and transported to the Central Processing Unit.
Jean Claude Abedi, age 15, of Clarksburg, who was charged with two counts of First-Degree Rape, two counts of Attempted First-Degree Rape, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Rape.
Kristian Jamal Lee, age 15, of Germantown, was charged with two counts of First-Degree Rape, two counts of Attempted First-Degree Rape, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Rape.
Will Daniel Smith, age 15, of Clarksburg, was charged with two counts of First-Degree Rape, two counts of Attempted First-Degree Rape, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Rape.
Caleb Thorpe, age 15, of Gaithersburg, was charged with four counts of First-Degree Rape and four counts of Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Rape.
“The State’s Attorney’s Office declines to make comment at this time,” said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy. “At this time it looks like they will be on bond review at 1:00 pm on Monday, Nov. 26 where we will make comments after that hearing and supply documents then. As of now we cannot comment on the matter,” said Korionoff.
Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith released the following statement about the arrests of the Damascus football players, “MCPS continues to fully cooperate with the police investigation and will continue to provide support and resources for the Damascus High School community. Our thoughts are with the students, staff and all who have been affected.”
The four teens will be in court on Monday, Nov. 26 for a bond review.
File photos by Germantown Pulse