TAMAQUA, Pa. – The Tamaqua Space College District is dealing with a lawsuit as a highschool pupil faces felony expenses in reference to two alleged sexual assaults.
Zachary McGlinchey, 18, was charged in March with two counts of straightforward assault and three counts of harassment.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court docket, claims college district leaders tried to cowl up the incidents.
These incidents allegedly passed off after soccer apply at the highschool again on November 4.
One sufferer mentioned workforce workers informed him to take Gatorade right into a constructing often called the “Soccer Home,” which is the place the soccer workforce shops its gear, however he mentioned when he received inside, McGlinchey and different workforce members have been ready in ambush.
“I pray to God nobody from the varsity instructed the boys to do that, however they left them in an unsupervised constructing, which allowed all of this to occur,” mentioned lawyer Theron Solomon, who’s representing the victims together with his colleague, Tara Giarratano.
Solomon and Giarratano mentioned each of their purchasers have been sexually assaulted with a banana, then punched within the face. The attorneys mentioned the boys instantly reported the assault, however as an alternative of investigating, college officers tried to cowl it up, mentioned Giarratano.
“It isn’t all the time widespread to have the varsity be so strongly in denial about the truth that a sexual assault occurred,” mentioned Giarratano.
69 Information spoke with the president of the Tamaqua college board, Larry Wittig, final November. He denied that the incident was sexual in nature.
“The sexual a part of this isn’t true,” mentioned Wittig on the time.
Solomon mentioned Wittig by no means would have mentioned that if the district had performed its due diligence.
“If they’d have performed their very own investigation, as is required by federal regulation, they’d have identified proper from the start that this was sexual in nature,” mentioned Solomon.
We reached out to Wittig once more, however he mentioned he hasn’t had time to learn the lawsuit and declined to remark. We additionally reached out to the superintendent and assistant superintendent, who’re named as defendants within the swimsuit together with Wittig, however they didn’t reply.
Three college students accused of assaulting the 2 victims have been expelled.
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On the day following the alleged incident, the soccer workforce forfeited its district semi-final championship sport.
Giarratano mentioned via their lawsuit, they imagine they could discover extra victims, as a result of they imagine such a assault might have been a part of a long-running hazing custom.
“We do not know what number of victims there are going again what number of years. By means of our investigation, we all know that there are some,” mentioned Giarratano.