Torrington High School Football Players Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio Accused of Rape; Students Bully 13-Year-Old Accuser
Dozens of students at a Connecticut high school have bullied a teen girl, one of two 13-year-olds who have accused at least two of the school’s students of raping her.
The Register Citizen reports that dozens of students and athletes, both male and female, at Torrington High School in Torrington have taken to social media sites to taunt, bully and blame one of two local 13-year-old girls who came forward to report alleged assaults by at least two older teens.
The Hartford Courant reports that three teens have been arrested in connection with the alleged sex crimes. Last month, Torrington High football players Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, both 18, were arrested and charged in connection with the case. The young men have been charged with three felonies: second degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a child and risk of injury to a minor (sexual contact). Both have pleaded not guilty. Gonzalez is being held on $65,000 bail at the New Haven Correctional Center, while Toribio has posted $100,000 bail.
Torrington Police Lt. Michael Emanuel announced that a third suspect was arrested on March 4. Because he is only 17 years old, his name has not been released. Police said he is a student at Torrington High and has been charged with sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. Lt. Emanuel said there are “possibly” more arrests coming.
Because the cases against the accused are sealed, few details of the allegations against them have been released. Both girls were allegedly assaulted on February 10. The girls’ family members notified police the following day. The alleged victims knew the teens who they claimed sexually assaulted them.
“It’s very complex, but [the case is] under control,” Lt. Emanuel told the Courant. Emanuel added that the alleged sex crimes were “consensual in the sense that it was not an attack but not consensual in the eyes of the law.”
Many Torrington High students slammed at least one of the alleged victims, calling her a “whore” and accusing her of “snitching” and “ruining the lives” of the accused.
“Even if it was all his fault, what was a 13-year-old girl doing hanging around 18-year-old guys,” tweeted @LorryRamirez. Her post was retweeted 11 times and was ‘favorited’ six times.
“If it takes two then why is only one in trouble?” tweeted @DannyHenry860. His post received 21 retweets and 13 ‘favorites.’
“I wanna know why there’s no punishment for young hoes,” @asmedick tweeted.
“You destroyed two people’s lives,” @AyooWilliam tweeted.
Others attacked those who spoke out in defense of the alleged victims.
“Sticking up for a girl who wanted the D (dick) and then snitched? Have a seat pleaseeee,” @ShelbyyKalinksi tweeted. That got 5 retweets and 4 ‘favorites.’
According to the Register Citizen, Gonzalez, the football team’s Most Valuable Player, was arrested in March 2012 for allegedly committing a felony robbery. He is accused of jumping three 14-year-olds. Jeffrey Holder, a 19-year-old who formerly played football at Torrington, was also arrested in the case. Four other Torrington football players were also suspeded over a hazing incident last fall that is under investigation.
Torrington Athletic Director Mike McKenna told the Register Citizen that his student athletes were no more dangerous than the community at large.
“If you think there’s some wild band of athletes that are wandering around then I think you’re mistaken,” McKenna said. “If you look at crime statistics, these things happen everywhere and we’re not any different than any other community.”
The Torrington incident is being called ‘Steubenville II’ because of its similarities with an Ohio case in which two Steubenville High School football players, 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma’lik Richmond, were found guilty on Sunday of sexually assaulting a severely intoxicated 16-year-old girl at a drinking party. The teens will be jailed in a juvenile detention facility until they are 21.
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