Torrington High School rape victim
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Victim bullied after rape allegations against Torrington football players
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TORRINGTON >> Two Torrington High School football players stand accused of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Four others were suspended in a hazing scandal last fall that is still under investigation. One player, the team’s second-highest scorer last fall, was allowed to play even though the team’s coach knew he had been charged with felony robbery and assault.

School officials claim that the sexual assault charges against 18-year-olds Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, the hazing and other incidents are isolated problems and don’t signal a deeper issue with the culture of Torrington High School, its athletic programs or football team.

Athletic Director Mike McKenna said, “If you think there’s some wild band of athletes that are wandering around then I think you’re mistaken.”

“If you look at crime statistics these things happen everywhere and we’re not any different than any other community,” said McKenna.
But on social media in recent weeks, dozens of athletes and Torrington High School students, male and female, have taunted the 13-year-old victim, calling her a “whore,” criticizing her for “snitching” and “ruining the lives” of the 18-year-old football players, and bullying students who defend her.

“Even if it was all his fault, what was a 13 year old girl doing hanging around 18 year old guys..” said a Twitter user with the handle, “@LoryyRamirez.” That was reposted 11 times and received six favorites.

Another said, “If it takes two then why is only one in trouble? Ha,” a post that was reposted 21 times and received 13 “favorites.”

The cases of Gonzalez and Toribio, both 18 and residents of the housing complex at 330 Highland Ave., remain sealed. They are charged with three identical felonies, including second-degree sexual assault of a 13-year-old victim in Torrington. In both cases, the investigation began Feb. 10, 2013. It’s unclear if the two cases are connected.

Toribio's attorney, Charles F. Brower, declined to comment on the case. Gonzalez’ attorney, Pat Brown, could not immediately be reached.

As the case remains sealed, basic details are unavailable, including where the incident is alleged to have occurred. Gonzalez’s case was continued until April 2, Toribio’s until April 23. Gonzalez is being held at New Haven Correction Center. Toribio is out on $50,000 professional surety bond.

According to public discussion in court Tuesday, Toribio is being electronically monitored and is being individually tutored.

VICIOUS TWEETS

Dozens of Torrington High School students have been discussing the case on Facebook and Twitter.

“I wanna know why there’s no punishment for young hoes,” asked “@asmedick.” That comment was reposted three times.

Twelve days after the alleged incident, “@AyooWilliam” tweeted, “You destroyed two people’s life.” Another responded, “I hope you got what you wanted.”

“Sticking up for a girl who wanted the D and then snitched? have a seat pleaseeee,” wrote “@ShelbyyKalinski.”

Posts included graphic and vulgar language and, at times, photographs. Affiliations were determined by followers, posts of photographs and references.

A PREVIOUS ARREST

Before the sex assault charges against Gonzalez, the team’s Most Valuable Player, was charged in a March 2012 alleged felony robbery. He’s accused of jumping three juveniles, 14-years-old, in search of money. Three other teens are alleged co-conspirators.

Two of the teens were not identified because of their age. Jeffrey Holder, 19, a former Torrington High School football player, was the other person charged.

Both were charged with three felonies, including robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery and two misdemeanor, assault and attempt to commit larceny. Although 2011 was Holder’s final season, Gonzalez went on to play in 2012.

Former Head Coach Dan Dunaj said when he became aware of the pending robbery charges against Gonzalez, “I reeled the kid in after that, and he walked the line. As a coach I was doing something right.”
Although he let Gonzalez play after the felony robbery and assault charges, Dunaj said if he were still coach and Gonzalez had another season of football eligibility, he would not allow Gonzalez to play in the upcoming season due to the sex assault case.
“My process has always been like this, and I learned this from my high school coach, and I never got into any big trouble, thank God, but if you didn’t give the kid a chance then who’s going to,” said Dunaj, who resigned in December.

The district’s policies for dismissing student athletes are taken on a case by case basis, according to McKenna, Dunaj and Torrington School Superintendent Cheryl Kloczko.

When asked, Kloczko said all questions about standards for student athlete dismissal should be referred to McKenna.

McKenna said a “serious infraction” would cause a student athlete to be suspended from play, but couldn’t say, when asked, if that would be a felony or a misdemeanor. He said he did consider violent felonies a “serious infraction.”

Although McKenna was unable to discuss the Gonzalez case specifically, he said he was unaware of the three felony and two misdemeanor charges currently pending against Gonzalez, related to the alleged March 2012 incident.

“That situation would have caused him to be suspended from the team, I can tell you that, and kept on suspension until the conclusion of the case,” said McKenna.

McKenna said he was never informed of the incident.

The Athletics Department handbook is not available online, nor are individual sports specific academic guidelines. Those guidelines, according to McKenna, are handed out to parents at the beginning of the season.

Torrington Schools officials said that when students are involved in criminal proceedings, extracurricular participation is considered on a case by case basis. McKenna said a “serious infraction” could cause a student to be suspended from a team.

“When the student does something and is arrested, of course, until they go to court they’re innocent until proven guilty,” said Kloczko. “While you’re pending do we say, ‘OK you were involved in this,’ and because you were involved we kick them off the team, and then they’re found innocent,” said Kloczko.
“What happens if the kid is a bad seed? There’s people in jail. There’s bad people out there,” said Dunaj. The five-year coach said, “If we had about 50 kids on the team over 5 years and you do the math how many of the kids I coach.”

“The swim team doesn’t have those type of kids. They have kids in the National Honor Society. I don’t have those kids. I wish I did,” said Dunaj.

Dunaj reported a hazing incident as required, leading to a five-day suspension of four football players early in the season. The players missed two games each.

“I’m a mandatory reporter,” said Dunaj, referring to hazing incidents.

The school district hired two outside parties to investigate the incident. No information regarding the investigation has been released publicly, and school district officials have declined to comment further.

Read the full story here: http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2013/03/20/news/doc51493e14b1a0a944806262.txt



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Posted By: MizCeeDubUser Verified | 3/20/13 10:58 AM
Omg... my stomach is sour. Why do ppm think its okay to do stupid things like this?! That poor girl.... I am just so upset....
Posted By: teddybearsandme2 | 3/20/13 12:00 PM
Sounds like nothing was learned from the Steubenville case.
Posted By: 2ChangeCincinnati | 3/21/13 11:15 AM
Exposing these bullies is the best way to stop them; that's how they discover how to relate and empathize. Thank you, BullyVille!
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