ROCKVILLE, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - For the first time, an attorney for an alleged victim is telling his client’s side of an alleged violent locker room rape involving a broomstick at Damascus High School on Halloween.
The student was allegedly raped, beaten, and humiliated by his JV football teammates in a case that has grabbed national headlines.
“This was a heinous and brutal sexual and physical attack on these young men at a school during school hours by their teammates, and it’s going to have a lifelong lasting impact on these young men,” Tom DeGonia, who is representing the victim, told FOX 5.
Altogether, five teens were charged, four as adults and one as a juvenile. Sources told FOX 5 the suspect charged as a juvenile pleaded guilty to third-degree sex offense back in December and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
A judge is set to decide if one of the suspects charged as an adult, Will Smith, will remain charged as an adult or have his case moved to juvenile court during a hearing set for 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
Attorneys for the accused have previously told FOX 5 that the full story has yet to be told and they dispute many of the claims being made by prosecutors.
The father and attorney of one of the victims, who FOX 5 is not identifying, said they want the four suspects to remain charged as adults because they believe the public deserves to know what happened.
“These young men were humiliated and were taken advantage of in front of their teammates and that’s something that they have to struggle with and it’s something that their families are going to struggle with on an ongoing basis,” DeGonia said.