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No Charges Filed Against 14 Students In Venice High Sexual Assault Case
Although over a dozen Venice High School students were ultimately arrested for the "repeated" sexual assaults of two of their classmates, no charges will be filed in the case due to "insufficient evidence."On Wednesday the district attorney's office announced that they declined to file charges, saying there was "insufficient evidence." Few details were given by DA Spokesman Greg Risling to the L.A. Times due to privacy rules in cases involving minors.
Back in March LAPD officers arrested the boys, including eight that were led off school grounds in handcuffs. All were between the ages of 14 and 17. They were all alleged to be pressuring two girls into having sex with them by threatening to ruin their reputations. The incidents dated back to 2013, but most of them occurred in the months leading up to the arrest. Police say some of the sex was coerced and some was consensual.