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

(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.

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BenDunn
Mar 21, 2013 9:50 AM CDT
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. Oh yea this is America today, Can you catch, run fast, jump high, Okay do anything you want, we will make sure you can still play ball!! How to stop this? you are the answer and the problem!
cognitivefilter
Mar 20, 2013 8:54 PM CDT
ARE THESE STORIES FOR REAL? WHY SO MUCH ATTENTION TO VICTIM'S CONDUCT? A thirteen year old girl being blamed for hanging out with older guys? is it suddenly her fault? she placed herself in harm's way? I can't fucking believe this place I live in
793tango
Mar 20, 2013 7:11 PM CDT
Football players (and other athletes) need to be taught that even though they play they still have to adhere to the law and standards of behavior. NOT molesting underage girls is definitely one of those. I worked with a former college football player and he thought stories like this were 'funny' and often told stories about how he and his teammates 'got away with all kinds of crazy shit'. They were allowed to slide through school taking easy classes and breaking rules wouldn't get you kicked off the team. He decided not to go pro because it would have been 'too much work'. The culture of 'If you're on the team you can do what you want' needs to stop. If this is how they act now what kind of adults will they become?