Six HS Football Players Suspected Of Raping Girl In Woods Near School

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Six Winter Springs High (Winter Springs, Fla.) football players have been arrested and charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment after allegedly raping a 16-year-old student in the woods near the school.

Here's what WFTV reports on the particulars of the investigation:

Investigators said a 16-year-old Winter Springs High School student reported that she had been raped by a group of teens in a wooded area across from the school late Thursday afternoon.

According to investigators, the girl told them that she knew two of the attackers.

Investigators said that over the weekend, they tracked down the accused juveniles in an effort to piece together what happened.

Winter Springs Police Chief Kevin Brunelle said they have plenty of evidence against the suspects, which was being reviewed by his team and the State Attorney's Office over the last week.


There are questions surrounding how the alleged victim made her way to the wooded area in the first place, in which the chief said the details will all come out in court.

"At some point between the interaction of these individuals, the subjects and the victim, the victim indicated that she no longer wanted to participate in the activities and she wanted to go back to the school, and she was not allowed to," said Brunelle.


In total, Tywuan Johnson, 17, Torreano Batton, 18, Josea Sims, 17, Deoante Stewart, 17, Tolbert Alexander, 16, and Marquis Pierre, 16, have all been arrested. While mostly minors, the alleged perpetrators' names have been released in accordance with Florida law that allows it when the minors are charged with a felony.