Thomas Brady, 16, Pier Berkmans, 16, and Boubacar Diallo, 17, three track stars at the Bronx High School of Science who pleaded not-guilty on February 28 to misdemeanor charges of forcible touching and assault, as well as charges of second-degree hazing and harassment, have been ordered not to contact their alleged 15-year-old victim, reports the New York Times.
“In this case, you can’t call, text or communicate through the web,” Judge Jeanette Rodriguez-Morick told the boys. “Other than contact at school, no contact. Do you understand?”
The young victim detailed horrifying encounters with his tormenters, who stood laughing around with friends before they entered the courtroom to face the judge.
Read details from from NY Daily News:
The boys’ freshman accuser says the teens have bullied him in the locker room since December, holding him down to sodomize him with a finger and pushing into him from behind.
“You need a good fingering, you freshman,” Diallo, 16, said before he used his finger to penetrate the teen though his shorts while he was held down, a criminal complaint said.
In a separate incident, Berkmans, 17, said to the freshman, “Touch my penis for three seconds or I will rape you,” according to the complaint.
Though Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said that hazing will “not be tolerated” an email sent by suspended athletic director, Marion Dietrich, in March 2012 suggests that that may not be the case:
You might have heard about an incident, that took place 2 yrs ago, in the boys locker room. The principal found out about it last Friday and is very concerned about the students’ safety during the changing periods. A student’s genitals were touched from an athlete on the track team (last year senior), when he came back from SGI and the athletes were already changing. This very student has been in therapy ever since. We have to be aware that we do have children from a variety of ethnic backrounds and believe systems in our school and that what is ok for some students is not neccessarily ok for others. Therefore, in order to avoid a similar situation, I need your cooperation in supervising the boys locker room after SGI, during the changing period for athletes.
I came up with a weekly rotation system, where everyone of you is responsible for one day ‘locker room duty’. I know all of you want to get out after SGI and go and start practice, but I don’t think that staying another 10-15 mintutes once a week hurts. If you have a game on a particular day, please switch your locker room duty with a coach, who can stay.
In order to not to make it too uncomfortable on your part, I suggest that you go in and out the locker room on a regular basis, to ‘show your face’ and make sure that the locker room is locked when the last athlete is out!
See news report below: