9 Venice High students arrested in connection with sexual assaults
Craig Clough | March 13, 2015
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Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department descended on Venice High School this morning and arrested eight juvenile male students for allegedly sexually assaulting two female students, according to media reports.
A ninth student was arrested off campus, and at least five other students are also being sought by police.
At a press conference, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said 14 students, between 14 and 17 years old, were believed to have sexually assaulted the female students on and off campus several times, according to KTLA.
“We are working on rounding up more students whose names we have,” Smith said.
Few details were provided by police, which first received a report about the alleged assaults on Tuesday.
“Some of these were forced sexual acts, sexual assaults and some of them were consensual with victims too young to give consent,” said Smith, according to Fox 11.
LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines issued a statement and said the district is cooperating the investigation.
“Parents of the suspects have been notified. This is a painful moment for Venice High School, and this District. I want you to know that no sexual misconduct of any kind by students or staff will ever be tolerated in L. A. Unified. Crisis counselors are on campus today to assist students who might be affected,” Cortines said.