Report: Ohio teen says football team attacked, sexually assaulted him in locker room

ohio teen claims football team attacked sexually assaulted him in locker room
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Aug. 23 2021, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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An Ohio high school football player claims he was attacked and sexually assaulted by his teammates in the school’s locker room, according to authorities.

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According to police, the victim was knocked to the ground and kicked by multiple players. The student also said one of the players “assaulted him in a sexual manner” during the incident, 10TV reported.

Officials said an investigation is underway and several interviews have already been conducted.

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A social media post from Genoa Township Police Chief Steve Gammill said, "I know there may be many rumors out there about this incident, but we don’t deal with or address rumors. As a rule, we do not share specific details of any ongoing criminal investigation. We try hard to balance keeping the public informed, to the extent we can, on serious matters like this without jeopardizing our investigation."

A spokesperson from Westerville Central High told TV10 that school officials have been fully cooperating with the investigation.

Westerville Central principal Tom Lanier sent a letter to parents on Aug. 20, which said the school is following disciplinary protocols, TV10 reported.

Police reports state misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and sexual imposition could be filed against the teenagers involved, but no charges have been filed yet.

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