Five underage football players in Winter Springs, Fla. charged with gang raping 16-year-old girl


Five underage football players at a Florida high school have been charged with gang rape for an alleged assault on a 16-year-old girl.

Two of the students at Winter Springs High School in Winter Springs, Fla. are being prosecuted as adults. The others are being arraigned in juvenile court Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

All five are either 16 or 17.

There is also a sixth suspect, 18-year-old Torreano Batton — the only adult in the case — who is appearing in court Tuesday but has not been charged.

The six students were arrested after a girl told police each of them raped her in the woods near Winter Springs High School on Nov. 13.

She said she was walking with Batton to a McDonald’s near the school when he led her into the woods and two of the boys raped her. She said those same boys pulled her back into the woods as she walked back to the school and the entire group assaulted her.

The girl filmed part of the attack on her iPhone. She showed police footage of several men circling her and asking her to perform sex acts on them, insisting one of them deserves it because it’s his 17th birthday. She says “No” and tells them she wants to return to school.

Three of the students told police it was consensual sex, and two denied taking part. Batton said he wasn’t involved. He was released on $35,000 bond in December and told to stay away from the high school.

If convicted, the juvenile suspects would be in juvenile detention until they turn 19. Those being charged as adults would serve only four years in the adult prison system because they are “youthful offenders,” the Orlando Sentinel reports. The normal maximum sentence for these charges is 30 years.



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