Parents at Venice High School are reeling after nearly a dozen boys from the high school were arrested in connection with alleged repeated sexual assaults of two girls at the Los Angeles-area school. An eleventh teen was taken in today and three others are still being sought.
Officials haven't released many details, due to the age of the victims and the fact that those arrested are juveniles. But detectives are looking into a series of crimes that began more than a year ago, which other students from the school alerted them to.
Authorities told the Los Angeles Times that, starting in 2013, a group of male teens pressured two female classmates into various sex acts. Some of the acts were consensual, according to the investigation, and some were coerced.
Several boys were present at a number of the alleged incidents. The girls were threatened with harm to their reputations if they did not comply with the teens' demands.
Some of those accused are football and basketball players at the large high school.
A senior district official said it was students who alerted school leaders about the alleged assaults against their peers. These students showed school administrators where they could find video or photos that had been shared on social media that were related to the case.