"The D.A. charging these kids validates the fact that my clients were sexually assaulted," said attorney Brian Claypool, who is representing the alleged victims in a civil claim against the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District.
"They didn't make this up."
said the school district last week rejected a civil claim he
filed on behalf of the alleged victims.
plans to file a lawsuit next week, he
But even with criminal charges filed against three suspects in the alleged sexual assault, attorney Claypool said "this is just the beginning of the process."
"It's just the beginning of learning the whole story," he
said that he
believed the coach responsible for the players had knowledge of the abuse, if not involvement.
Two of the unidentified victims reported being lured into a room by the coach prior to the assaults, while another reported the coach winked at one of the assailants immediately after an attack, Claypool
"I still believe this teacher/coach was involved in encouraging these kids to do it, directing them to do it and encouraging them to do it as part of a ritual," the attorney said.
made the allegations in the recently rejected civil claim he
filed with the district.
was optimistic that more information would emerge regarding the roles played by district officials and administrators as evidence in the criminal cases against the teenage suspects continues in the coming weeks and months.
"Maybe this will give the impetus to the sheriff's (department) and the D.A. to take a closer look," he
investigation has revealed that incidents of sexual hazing such as the ones that recently became public may have been going on for years at La Puente High School
- an allegation detectives said they are looking into.
At least two of the suspects charged in the case were victimized in a similar manner themselves in previous years, Claypool
"That's the tragedy in all of this," he