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Westminster Student Charged with Sexual Assault of Fellow Classmate

The student turned himself in to police on Sunday and is now in Fulton County Jail.

Police have charged a 17-year-old football player from Westminster School with sexual assault of a fellow teammate, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

William Jackson Houk sat in Fulton County Jail on Monday after turning himself in to police on Sunday.

The AJC reports that Houk sexually assaulted his teammate in the gym showers on Oct. 22 and is now charged with aggravated sexual battery, and no bond has been set.

According to Georgia law, aggravated sexual battery is when a “foreign object” is inserted into the body of another person. Parole is unlikely unless there is a life sentence, and in those instances, parole is only available after 30 years has been served, AJC reports. A conviction of aggravated sexual battery carries a 25-year sentence.

The school learned of the assault when coaches overheard players discussing it and asked the alleged victim about it.

In a letter to parents and school stakeholders, school president William Clarkson wrote,

“I write to you in order to express deep concern regarding an incident that took place last week involving a few students on the varsity football team. I can assure you that we have taken all steps within the school’s strict guidelines and protocols regarding such matters, including the fulfillment of our responsibility to report this particular incident to the Atlanta police. They are now in charge of the investigation, and we are cooperating fully with them.”

Craig Hragyil Jr. November 04, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Tagg - your comments are that of an idiot. You attitude towards the circumstances surrounding this crime are appalling. I wonder if your child had a broomstick shoved inside them by another human-being, if you'd feel differently? If not - you need not have children. Those responsible for sexual assault such as this need to be punished to the extent of the law. Once this occurs - the prison system & it's residents have a nice way of handling it from that point on.
anonymous November 05, 2012 at 01:01 AM
The school did not "allow" this to go public. Because he was 17 and he comitted a "seven deadly sin", he was tried as an adult which means privacy legally is off the table. The school did everything in their power to protect those involved.
Scotty O November 13, 2012 at 01:59 AM
If this kid was held down by a group of boys and assaulted, why is only the one guy (FB player) being charged? Isn't everyone who participated in this heinous act equally culpable according to the law? What ever happened to fist fights outside the locker room? How sick do you have to be to want to get even with someone in this manner???
Kiri Walton November 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Hm, I've not seen any evidence or reports of a group holding anyone down or that the act was retaliation at all.
Marie November 19, 2012 at 04:02 PM
For those of you concerned about how this sort of thing can happen, or how you might be able to prevent something like this in the future, www.stopbullying.gov is an excellent resource. Here's a link to a an easy-to-digest article "Be More Than a Bystander": http://www.stopbullying.gov/respond/be-more-than-a-bystander/index.html

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