Two Connecticut High School Football Players Charged With Sexual Assault of 13-Year-Old

AP Photo/Torrington, Conn. Police Department

Two Connecticut high school football players, Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, have been charged with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old. Due to the high-profile attention that the case has received, the teen girl has been bullied on social media pages and called “a snitch,” according to The Daily News.

The two 18-year-old football players from Torrington High School have been previously charged with felony second-degree sexual assault for two additional cases involving different 13-year-old girls. In addition, Gonzalez was facing robbery charges for jumping a teen in March of last year.

His lawyer, J. Patten Brown III, said he has been told the charges "allege consensual, but statutorily illegal, sex." He said Gonzalez plans on fighting the claims. "Oftentimes people are arrested and when all the facts come out they're different than what people assumed," said Brown.

Both teens have pled not guilty to all of the charges. Due to all of the media surrounding the case, a state judge decided to seal details of the allegations from the public. The case surfaced just three days after the Steubenville, Ohio perpetrators were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl.

Toribio posted $100,000 bail and is due back in court on April 23. Gonzalez is being held on $65,000 bail and is currently detained at the New Haven Correction Center. He is due back in court on April 2.

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