4 High School Wrestlers Accused of Raping Teammates

Authorities say boys, 12 and 16, were attacked on bus
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2016 2:45 AM CST
4 High School Wrestlers Accused of Raping Teammates
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Four high school wrestlers in Oklahoma have been charged with rape over what prosecutors describe as a very disturbing incident on a team bus after a tournament in January. According to prosecutors, the students—18-year-old Tanner Shipman and three others under 18—restrained and assaulted a 16-year-old student at the back of the bus before attacking a 12-year-old boy on the bus and again in a secluded area at Norman North High School, reports NBC News. Shipman has been charged as an adult with offenses including "Rape by Instrumentation Upon a Person Under 14." The other three have been charged as juveniles.

Prosecutors say the wrestlers restrained the 16-year-old boy before assaulting him over his clothing with their fingers and later did the same to the 12-year-old, this time with condoms over their fingers, News 9 reports. According to court documents, the assault on the younger boy only ended when a parent arrived to pick him up. All four students have been suspended. One coach who was supposed to be supervising the students has been fired and another resigned after being suspended. (Read more Oklahoma stories.)

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