DNA from Winter Springs High gang-rape suspects found on girl’s panties, reports allege


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SANFORD — A week after a 16-year-old girl told police that she had been gang raped by several boys on the Winter Springs High School football team, the principal’s office became a police interview room and the football coach became a witness.

Prosecutors this morning released 62 pages of evidence in the case. They reveal that the school, its employees and five members of its football team quickly became embroiled in a dispute about what happened between the girl and the 16- and 17-year-old boys who she said forced her to perform sex acts in a patch of woods just off campus on Nov. 13.

Prosecutors have charged all five with gang rape. Two 17-year-olds are being prosecuted as adults: Deoante Stewart of Sanford and Marquis Pierre of Winter Springs.

DNA from both of them were found in her underpants, according to a state crime lab analyst.

Stewart told police he was at school when the girl says she was assaulted. Pierre and most of the other suspects say the sex was consensual.

Police say a video-recording made by the girl show it was not.

Coach Rodney Brewington was interviewed by Winter Springs police in the school principal’s office. He said several of the players came to him and said the girl willingly performed the acts, agreeing to do them in exchange for a milkshake.

That is not what the girl told police. She said she was walking to a nearby McDonald’s with two team members and an 18-year-old who was not on the squad.

They all forced her to perform oral sex or else wouldn’t let her leave, she said, so she did.

At the McDonald’s she got a milkshake and was left alone, she said.

In the meantime, Pierre and the other teammate she accused of sexually assaulting her went back to school, got three others and returned, she said.

They pulled her into the woods, she said, but she managed video recorded portions of that second encounter on her iPod.

On it, she can clearly be heard telling the boys, “No,” and saying she wanted to get back to school, according to a police report.

“The males are circling her and appear to be trying to intimidate her into performing the acts and trying to keep her from leaving,” wrote Winter Springs Officer Thomas Padgett.

One of the girl’s friends told police that when the victim emerged from the woods, she was crying and upset.

The girl knew some of the suspects but not others. She identified all of them when officers showed her school photos.

The packet of evidence released today by prosecutors also includes DNA evidence found on the girl’s clothes, and there is a great deal of it.

There was DNA from so many different people in some stains, including those on the girl’s underpants, that they were useless, wrote Kiersten Taylor Kevin, a DNA analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

But she could make sense of other stains, she wrote.

DNA from Pierre and Stewart were found in her underpants, Taylor Kevin wrote.

She also found Pierre’s DNA on the girl’s tank top.

Prosecutors have blacked out the names of three suspects who are being prosecuted as juveniles, so it’s not clear how much of their DNA was found, but it’s clear that it was the DNA of at least one of them was found on her sweatpants.

Overall, the evidence package provides more details on exactly what the five suspects are accused of doing and what they told police.

Prosecutors dropped the charge against the oldest one, an 18-year-old who was not on the football team, citing a lack of evidence, but filed gang rape charges against the other five. The official charge: sexual battery by multiple perpetrators.

source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-winter-springs-high-gang-rape-evidence-20150223-story.html


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