Torrington High School rape case

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The Torrington High School rape case refers to five separate rape cases in Torrington, Connecticut, United States, involving a half-dozen former Torrington High School football players and other Torrington teens.[1]

In a 2013 case, Joan Toribio and Edgar Gonzalez, both 18-year-old former football players from Torrington High School, were convicted in the sexual assault of two 13-year-old girls in Torrington, Connecticut.[2][3][4] Joan Toribio was sentenced to 9 months in prison.[5] Edgar Gonzalez was sentenced to six years in prison.[6]

In a 2011 case, Kenuel Weaver-Hunt, 17, and Dylan Rodriguez, 16, pleaded guilty to charges of risk of injury to a minor with illicit sexual contact, a class "D" felony.[7] Both were sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after four months served.[8] Alec Berkemeier, 16, was charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor with illicit sexual contact, but reached a deal with the prosecutors that included a provision to seal the records of the case.[9]

Controversy[edit]

Torrington High School gained notoriety for its students' victim-blaming cyberbullying of the two 13-year-old girls through social media. The Register Citizen, a local newspaper, published images of Twitter posts that defended the accused and attacked the victims.[10][2][3][4] A Houston-based law firm that specializes in defense of those accused of sex crimes claimed a possible failure in responsibility on the part of parents and teachers to make students aware of the legal implications of their actions.[11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Glenza, Jessica (2013-04-30). "Three more Torrington teens face jail in another rape case". Cosmopolitan.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b Baker, Al (March 20, 2013). "Sex Charges in Connecticut Are Dissected on Internet". New York Times. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Sanchez, Ray (March 21, 2013). "Shades of Ohio case in Connecticut football player rape case". Reuters. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Levs, Josh; Candiotti, Susan; Levitt, Ross (March 22, 2013). "Rape accusations, teens, and Twitter attacks in another U.S. town". CNN. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Avilucea, Isaac (2013-11-19). "Torrington rape case: Former football player Joan Toribio sentenced to 9 months in prison". The Register Citizen. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  6. ^ "Edgar Gonzalez, former Torrington High School MVP, sentenced to six years in prison, for rape of 13-year-old". The Register Citizen. 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  7. ^ Glenza, Jessica (2013-04-30). "Three more Torrington teens face jail in another rape case". Cosmopolitan.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  8. ^ Cleary, Tom (2013-05-03). "Torrington teens sentenced to 4 months in prison in 2011 rape case". The Register Citizen. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  9. ^ Ruthman, Brigitte (2013-11-23). "Unknown deal in rape case as terms include sealing sentence details". Republican-American. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  10. ^ Glenza, Jessica (March 20, 2013). "Victim bullied after rape allegations against Torrington football players". The Register Citizen. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Scheiner, Grant. "Blog The Legal Complexity of the Torrington High School Rape Case". Scheiner Law Group, P.C. Retrieved 2 August 2015.