Fourth football player charged in rape of Connecticut teens

By David Ferguson
Thursday, March 28, 2013 14:43 EDT
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Torrington High School football players Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio (Twitter)
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A fourth high school football plater has been charged in the statutory rape case involving two 13-year-old girls. According to the Associated Press, the girls have been taunted and bullied online since coming forward with their story.

A 17-year-old boy from Torrington, Connecticut was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. He, like the other three suspects charged in the attack, was a player on the Torrington High School football team.

Torrington high school officials told the AP that the boy has been suspended from school. School faculty and staff have warned students that incidents of online bullying and harassment can result in suspension or expulsion from school.

The names of the victims and two of the players charged with the crime have been withheld due to their ages. The other two players, Joan Toribio and Edgar Gonzales are both 18 years old.

[Photo: Twitter/Joan Toribio]

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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