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CT athletes accused of rape, victims vilified

  • Edgar Gonzalez, Joan Toribio, both 18, charged with rape
  • Alleged victims are 13-years-old
CT athletes accused of rape, victims vilified

More tweets, more trouble in Steubenville

More tweets, more trouble in Steubenville

Just days after two high school football players were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, another case of sexual assault involving teenaged football players comes to light. This time it’s in Torrington, Connecticut. 

Police charged Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, both 18, of sexually assaulting two 13-year-old girls last month. Gonzalez and Toribio played on the Torrington High School football team.

"They (the victims) did know the boys that were involved, the young men," Lt. Mike Emmanuel, Torrington Police Department, told HLN affiliate WTNH.

Gonzalez denies all charges, says his attorney J. Patten Brown III. Because his mother cannot afford bond, his attorney says he is in jail awaiting the trial. 

"We pleaded not guilty, and we asked for a jury trial," Brown said. "We deny anything occurred; we deny all allegations."

The sexual assaults aren't the only links in the cases; both cases also have a social media component. 

The Register Citizen in Torrington is reporting that one of the victims has been cyber-bullied since coming forward.   The newspaper captured tweets from teenagers at Torrington High who taunted the alleged victim in the weeks after the incident.  

“I wanna know why there’s no punishment for young hoes,” one student tweeted.

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

No word if anything has happened, so far, to the teens that made comments about the 13-year-old girl.  But in Steubenville, police arrested two teens Monday for threatening the victim of the football players on Twitter.

Both Toribio and Gonzalez are due back in court next month on the sexual assault charges.

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