Five Juanita High School students have been charged with second-degree attempted rape in an attack on a special-education student.
The five students are accused of participating in a bullying incident that occurred in a student locker room of the Kirkland school on Oct. 22, 2014, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The five, who are 14 and 15, were arrested in October in connection with a sexual-assault investigation.
According to court documents, an 18-year-old special-education student was lured into the shower area of the Juanita boy’s locker room and then held down by three of the boys, who then pulled down his pants and underwear while another boy attempted to sodomize him with a broomstick. Witness accounts and text messages leading up to the event suggested that the incident was planned.
“Although the incident does not appear to have been sexually motivated, the charges reflect that the attack involved an attempted or threatened penetration with a broom handle while one student was restrained by several others,” the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
The Seattle Times is not naming the defendants because they were charged in juvenile court. All five have been expelled from school. The students face sanctions ranging from commitment to the state Department of Juvenile Rehabilitation to a sentence in a local detention facility, according to the prosecuting attorney’s office.
Two Juanita football coaches were placed on administrative leave in November while the Lake Washington School District continued its investigation of the alleged assault.