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3 teens charged in St. Michael's College sex assault case plead guilty

Last Updated Oct 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm EST

Three teens charged in the St. Michael’s College School sexual assault case have pleaded guilty.

All three pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault with a weapon, and one count of assault with a weapon. One of the teens pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography.

Their sentencing has been set for Nov. 14.

Another student who has been charged did not plead guilty. His next court date has been put over to Oct. 17.

In August, charges against one of seven accused students were dropped after a prosecutor said a conviction was unlikely.

Police began their investigation in November and uncovered eight alleged incidents involving students at the school — investigators with the sex crimes unit laid charges in three of those and said two victims were involved.

Authorities revealed little about the allegations, but two police sources have said one of the alleged incidents involved a group of students on a football team pinning down another student and allegedly sexually assaulting him with a broom handle.

Police and the school said videos of the alleged incidents were being shared by students and came to the attention of senior staff of the school. Investigators said the school did not contact them about the allegations, but police found out through media seeking further information.

The alleged sexual assaults led to the expulsion of those seven students from school, the suspension of one of the football teams, and a sweeping “respect and culture” review that is set to report its findings this summer.

The scandal also led to the resignation of the school’s top two officials.