United States

High school football players face life in prison for alleged locker-room rape

Four Maryland 15-year-olds are out on bail but face life in prison after being charged as adults with first-degree rape in a locker-room attack. Prosecutors say the Damascus High School students assaulted four 14-year-olds before junior varsity football practice on Halloween. They say the teens restrained the victims, pulled down their pants and raped or attempted to rape them with a broomstick. One freshman tried to escape the room but was allegedly blocked, the report said. An alleged victim told police that two players “threw him on the floor” and held his feet down, authorities said. He reportedly said he and was “poked in his buttocks with the wooden broom.” Police said the three others were attacked in a similar way,  ...