2 of 5 students plead guilty in Florida gang-rape case

AP News
Posted: Mar 17, 2015 6:46 PM

WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Another high school football player charged with participating in the gang rape of a fellow student near their central Florida high school has pleaded guilty to sexual battery.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1GkM0Vc) reports that Judge Donald Marblestone on Tuesday sent the 17-year-old Winter Springs High School student to a long-term juvenile facility. On Monday, a 16-year-old suspect received probation for his guilty plea.

Another 17-year-old on Tuesday turned down a plea offer from prosecutors that involved incarceration at a juvenile facility. Assistant State Attorney Laura Bosco said that her office would now prosecute him as an adult, meaning he could face up to 30 years in state prison.

Five football players were charged with rape after a 16-year-old student said she was attacked in a patch of woods near the school in November.


Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/