DAMASCUS, Md. (WJZ) — Four of the teens charged in the October Damascus High School sexual assaults are now being charged as adults.

The junior varsity football players were arrested Wednesday morning in Montgomery County and taken to the Central Processing Unit.

Students Charged With Rape, Attempted Rape Charges As Police Investigate Allegations At Damascus High School

15-year-olds Jean Abedi, Kristian Lee and Will Smith have all been charged with two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of attempted first-degree rape, and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree rape.

Caleb Thorpe, also 15, is charged with four counts of first-degree rape and four counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree rape.

The fifth teen charged in the assaults will still be charged as a juvenile.

The hazing took place on Halloween in the men’s locker room and involved a wooden broomstick, according to reports.

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  1. Matt Paknis says:

    Football, or any sport or peer or coach or parent, does not make someone abusive. Predators consciously make the selfish and narcissistic choice to abuse and bully others. It’s unhealthy and destructive and usually based in a perp’s twisted need to control someone whose talents are threatening. It has nothing to do with sex. Yet, abuse and bullying incidents appear to be increasing. I chose not to repeat the vile behaviors I experienced as a boy. My life turned. Truth and trust set me and my championship teams free.

    Healthy and productive leaders and organizations elevate thought and conduct. They attack problems, not people. They make people feel safe, valued, and competent. They quickly identify, protect, and empower the most vulnerable. Great leaders and exceptional organizations are honest and transparent. They choose to recognize and reward and repeat constructive and healthy behaviors to build trust.

    My new book can help. http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Successful-Leaders-Arent-Bullies/Matt-Paknis/9781682617175


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