Three California teens face sexual assault charges after hazing rites

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

La Puente, CA, United States (4E) – Three California high school students who allegedly perpetrated a sexual hazing ritual last month in a La Puente, California area school have been recently charged.

According to an L.A. County District Attorney’s, the three unidentified teenagers, who were detained October and released to their parents’ custody, face felony charges after being involved in the incidents during the soccer team’s hazing ceremony at the La Puente High School.

The three suspects, one 16-years-old and the other two are 17-years-old, have been scheduled for juvenile court arraignment on November 19.

Authorities revealed that four victims were reportedly assaulted.

Court documents stated two of the three students have been each indicted with suspicion of sexual penetration with a foreign object, assault with a deadly weapon, sexual battery and counts of hazing.

An attorney representing the victims’ families divulged that one suspect attempted to sexually attack one of his clients with a javelin and claimed the teacher-coach encouraged the procedure.

Officials confirmed that the incident occurred on campus.

The school district announced that counseling are available and urges students to come forward if they become aware of any inappropriate behavior. Anyone with information was asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-LASD.

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