High School Football Players Accused of Sex Crimes Against Girls Appear in Court

The alleged sexual assaults began taking place in January, with most happening over the summer, police said

By Willian Avila, Tony Shin and Jane Yamamoto
|  Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013  |  Updated 9:42 PM PDT
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The family of an alleged rape victim got into a confrontation outside the courthouse on Tuesday. Two Vista Murrieta High School football players are facing sex charges. Tony Shin reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2013.

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The family of an alleged rape victim got into a confrontation outside the courthouse on Tuesday. Two Vista Murrieta High School football players are facing sex charges. Tony Shin reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2013.

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High School Football Players Arrested on Rape Charges

Two Murrieta high school students have been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting or raping six girls, most of them fellow students, authorities said. Beverly White reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16. 2013.

Vista Murrieta High School Football Players Accused of Sexual Assault

Two boys are accused of sexually assaulting six victims, most of them fellow students. One of the boys has been charged with forcibly raping two girls under the age of 18 and lewd acts with a girl under the age of 14. Tony Shin reports from Murrieta for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2013.
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Two Southern California high school football players appeared in court Tuesday morning after being arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting or raping six girls, most of them fellow students and at least one under the age of 14, authorities said.

The two boys, both 17-year-old football players at Vista Murrieta High School, were arrested Sept. 12 after a more than two-week investigation, police said. The sexual assaults did not take place on campus, police said.

One of the boys faces charges of two felony counts of forcible rape, along with charges of lewd acts with a minor under the age of 14, false imprisonment and dissuading a victim from reporting a crime.

That teen was kept behind bars after the hearing due to the severity of the charges.

Parents of one of the alleged victims lashed out at the teen in court.

The other accused teen was released to his parents because the charges against him were less severe. He was ordered to be kept under 24-hour home supervision.

Outside the court, that teenager's mother defended her son, saying the sex was consensual.

"I know the truth is coming out and his name will be cleared of the things that were wrongly said," his mother said.

Both boys are due back in court in late October.

"All names have been released in this case because they have been charged with serious or violent felonies," said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's office.

Police said they launched an investigation on Aug. 29 after a parent came forward to report an assault to school administrators.

The boys allegedly began committing the crimes in January, with most of the assaults taking place over the summer, police said.

Police said the two boys know each other.

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