Sex assault report casts shadow on SF Bay Area high school

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Posted: Dec 02, 2016 3:47 PM

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — Accusations of an on-campus sex assault have pointed a negative light on a San Francisco Bay Area Catholic high school with a nationally recognized football program.

The East Bay Times reports (http://bit.ly/2h2QOf9 ) Friday that a 15-year-old boy who plays for the freshman team at De La Salle High School in Concord is accused of assaulting a 15-year-old girl after a November playoff game. The newspaper reports prosecutors on Thursday declined to file charges against the boy and asked for further investigation. He has been released from juvenile detention.

The Associated Press is not naming the boy or girl because they are minors and because the girl says she is the victim of a sex crime. The AP also is not naming family members.

The boy's father says the incident was consensual.

"They were just two teenagers having sex; they were just doing it at the wrong place, at the wrong time," the boy's 38-year-old father said in an interview with the Bay Area News Group.

But the girl told KPIX5 the encounter was unwelcome.

"Boys need to know that no means no, period. Point blank," the teen told the television station.

The girl is a student at neighboring Carondelet High School and went to the football game at the Concord campus on Nov. 18 with her mother. She and other girls received explicit texts from the boy, and the girls wanted to confront him, her father said.

However, the girl confronted the boy alone and was sexually assaulted during the game, her father said.

The girl told the television station that police have surveillance video that captures portions of the assault, the newspaper reported.

But the boy's father said Thursday that the text messages were mutual.

The boy's father is required to register as a sex offender for a prior molestation conviction involving a child under 14 dating back a decade, according to the Megan's Law website.

He said he was lied to by a girl about her age that led to his conviction, and said his past should have no bearing on his son's case.

"Just because my background is what it is — I'm not that type of individual and neither is my son," the father said.

The boy received a full-ride scholarship to the school, his father said. But he doubts he'll remain at the school now because he feels like he's "lost everything."

De La Salle's dean declined comment to The Associated Press on Friday.


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