In Conn. Town, Echoes of Steubenville

Football players charged with assaulting 13-year-old girl

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 20, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Two 18-year-old high school football players in Connecticut stand accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, in a case that has disturbing echoes of Steubenville. Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio are each charged with sexual assault and two other felonies; the investigation into both cases began Feb. 10, but it's not clear if they're connected. Gonzalez is being held at a correction center; Toribio is out on bond. The details are vague, but the Register Citizen reports that the victim is being shamed by dozens of students on social media.

She's been called a "whore" and a "hoe" and accused of "snitching" and ruining the lives of the athletes. Wrote one user, "Even if it was all his fault, what was a 13 year old girl doing hanging around 18 year old guys..." Some of the posts rounded up by the Register Citizen get worse from there. The newspaper takes a longer look at other problems the Torrington High School football team has seen, including a hazing scandal last fall that saw four students suspended. And Gonzalez was charged in an alleged felony robbery last year, accused of jumping three 14-year-olds, but he was allowed to continue playing on the team.

East Main Street in Torrington, Conn., is seen on Monday Oct. 31, 2011.
East Main Street in Torrington, Conn., is seen on Monday Oct. 31, 2011.   (AP Photo/Bettina Hansen, Pool)
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