Four Norman (Okla.) North High School junior varsity wrestlers have been charged with “rape by instrumentation” for their roles in a pair of alleged sexual assaults that occurred on January 9. An 18-year-old, two 17-year-olds, and a 16-year-old are charged with having attacked a 16-year-old teammate on the bus ride back from a meet, and a 12-year-old teammate on the bus and later at school.
Oklahoma City’s CBS affiliate reports that, according to the court documents, three of the wrestlers held down the 16-year-old in the back of the bus and “us[ed] their fingers to sexually assault the boy over his clothing.” They then went after the 12-year-old (who was riding on the bus with the older boys because, despite their ages, they were all on the junior varsity team):
Later, all four suspects attempted to lure a 12-year-old middle school wrestler to the back of the bus as well, before pulling the boy to the back. All four suspects then assault [sic] the boy in the same manner as before. This time, however, the suspects placed a condom over their fingers before the assault, the report states.
When the bus arrived back at Norman North, the 12-year-old was assaulted again; once in a secluded area on the side of the building and again between two vehicle in the parking lot when the victim briefly escaped. According to the report, the assault only ended when the 12-year-old boy’s parent arrived at the school.
Shortly after the assaults were first reported, the alleged assailants were suspended from school, according to KOCO. An adjunct coach who was supposed to be supervising the bus was fired, while another coach was suspended and has since resigned.
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