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Walker Middle teammates sexually assaulted several times, boy says

TAMPA — The boy who claims four teammates sexually assaulted him with a hockey stick and broom handle said he endured the abuse 10 to 12 times, according to court documents released Tuesday.

The first time it happened, he said, he was changing inside a Walker Middle School locker room when the four grabbed him and dragged him to the floor.

"I told them to stop," he told detectives.

He said "a lot" of other teammates watched the abuse.

Of the 31 players on the flag football team, at least nine say they saw something happen between the victim and one or more of his accused attackers.

But no one told school officials until after their classmates' arrests. Prosecutors say the bullying spanned over two months before an adult found out.

The witness statements released Tuesday don't explain the silence. Nor do they provide a uniform picture of what took place inside the locker room.

Four juveniles — Randall John Moye III, 14, Lee Louis Myers, 14, Raymond Price-Murray, 14, and Diemante J. Roberts, 15 — have been charged as adults with four counts each of sexual battery. They have all pleaded not guilty and are free on bail.

Defense attorneys have said two medical exams performed on the victim show no signs of sexual assault. Attorney Tim Taylor, who represents Myers, has questioned why investigators waited a month after the victim first spoke to authorities on May 6 to have him physically examined.

Prosecutors won't comment on that question.

In court documents released last week, Roberts admitted some involvement with the victim, with whom he had argued during a scrimmage.

"We stuck the broomstick up his butt," he wrote in a statement. "Guys on the team pulled his pants down and put the hockey stick up his butt again. First time, it was a broomstick. Second time, it was a hockey stick."

The victim told detectives that Roberts and Price-Murray used the objects while Moye and Myers held him down.

He never reported his attackers, fearing they would make good on their threats, he told authorities.

"I'll beat you up if you tell anybody about that," Roberts said, according to the victim's statement to authorities.

The accounts provided by other players in the locker room have a common thread, suggesting that the victim was taunted or attacked in some way by one or more of the accused teens.

But exactly who did what and when isn't as clear.

One young man said he witnessed the abuse only once, another said he saw it more than five times, and yet another said it happened "almost every day after practice and at home games where they won."

Several students reported seeing Roberts and Price-Murray sticking a hockey stick or broom handle in the victim's rectum, while others saw the boys poking him on his rear-end or could not see exactly where the victim was touched.

Two teammates said they never saw Myers participate, and one said he never saw Moye involved.

The victim told authorities Moye threatened him off the field.

"You're gonna get it today at practice," the boy said Moye told him.

Others reported seeing Moye pin the victim down, and one witness said he thought Myers delivered one of the objects used by Roberts to assault the victim.

In court documents released last week, Myers wrote in his statement to detectives that he held the victim's arm while Price-Murray helped.

Some students said the victim's shorts were on; others said they were pulled down.

One witness said the victim fought to get away but was laughing when he broke free. Others said the victim was screaming and yelling for his attackers to stop.

One teammate reported seeing two attacks.

Both times, he said, the victim's shorts were pulled down. Price-Murray held the victim as Roberts poked "inside the crack" of the victim's rear-end, first with a hockey stick and then with a metal pipe, the teammate said.

Both times, he told authorities, other players yelled and cheered on the acts.

Kevin Graham can be reached at kgraham@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3433. Colleen Jenkins can be reached at cjenkins@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3337.

Walker Middle teammates sexually assaulted several times, boy says 08/04/09 [Last modified: Friday, August 7, 2009 2:45pm]
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