DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland school system will hire an outside firm to investigate its procedures and reporting practices following the filing of rape charges that involve high school football players.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith announced the move in a letter to parents.

READ MORE: Man Shot, Critically Wounded In East Baltimore Saturday, Baltimore Police Say

Four teens are being prosecuted as juveniles on charges of rape and attempted rape. Authorities said a young man was sexually assaulted by his teammates with a broomstick at Damascus High School last fall.

The case raises questions about the culture of sports teams at the school and the procedures used to report sexual assaults.

READ MORE: Fort McHenry Celebrates New Citizens, Defenders Day Saturday

The Post has reported that the school waited hours to tell police about credible accusations of a locker room assault.

Follow @WJZ on Twitter and like WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore on Facebook

MORE NEWS: Man In Stable Condition After He Was Shot In Face While Driving Early Saturday

(© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)