7:11 PM EST, November 6, 2012
LA PUENTE, Calif. (KTLA) -- Three teenage boys accused of sexually attacking students as part of a soccer team hazing at La Puente High School were charged today in juvenile criminal petitions filed by the District Attorney’s Office.
The soccer team members are scheduled to appear for arraignment in Pomona Juvenile Court on Nov. 19.
Because they are minors, their names will not be made public.
The boys are charged sexual penetration with a foreign object, felony assault with a deadly weapon, sexual battery and hazing.
Police began investigating after four teenagers, ages 14 to 15 years old, came forward claiming they were sexually hazed by soccer players at the school.
In a claim against the school filed by the victims allege the attacks were captured on cellphone videos, that a coach knew about the hazing and that older players targeted younger players.
The claims alleges that the coach "supported and conspired and abetted with students."
The soccer coach has been placed on administrative leave, but detectives say so far they have no direct evidence of the coach's participation.
One of the alleged victims, a freshman soccer player, spoke to KTLA, explaining what happened to him.
"Some kid came out from the back room and told the coach that he needed me in the back," the teenager said.
"The coach winked at him and they grabbed me and threw me in the back and they beat on me," he recalled.
"They were trying to stick a stick up my butt, but I held onto it and they just were beating on me and beating on me for I don't even know how long."
Attorney Brian Claypool, who represents the four alleged victims and their parents, says there are many more victims, but they fear retaliation if they report the abuse.
Claypool said one of the alleged victims was expelled by the school "after he reported being attacked."
Detectives have interviewed more than 70 people in connection with allegations, and they say they plan to look back as far as 2003 for other possible incidents.
The school district is not commenting on the specifics of the case, citing student and teacher confidentiality requirements.
"The allegations are deeply concerning and terribly sad," Superintendent Barbara Nakaoka said at a news conference after the allegations came to light last month.
"We are working with law enforcement, and I can assure you that they are being investigated," she added.
Nakaoka said that a parent had contacted administrators and informed them that her son was allegedly harassment by some teammates.
"We do not and will not turn a blind eye to reports of harassment or hazing. Therefore, we took immediate action to contact law enforcement to initiate an investigation," Nakaoka said.
She said that all parents at La Puente High had been notified about the situation, and district officials met with parents who have children on the soccer team.
The district also put additional counseling and student support services in place.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273.