Friday, January 06, 2017

Idaho Teens Accused in Coat Hanger Sex Assault of Special Needs Student Won't Do Time

"An Idaho high school football player who was facing charges of sexually assaulting a special needs student with a coat hanger will not serve any prison time as part of a plea deal.

"John R.K. Howard, 18, was initially charged with “forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object” after he and two other players allegedly assaulted the 18-year-old victim in the Dietrich High School locker room in Oct 2015.

"Howard agreed to plead guilty to one count of felony injury to a child Friday, according to reports.

"Now, instead of facing life in prison, he will be sentenced to two to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service." Teen Football Player Accused in Coat Hanger Sex Assault of Special Needs Student Won't Do Time by Maya Chung, Inside Edition December 20, 2016 Yahoo News


Added on January 7: "A $10 million civil lawsuit against the school district claims the attack came after months of harassment, assault, and racial discrimination, while accusing the school of ‘deliberate indifference.’ The victim and his adopted siblings are the only black people in their small town of Dietrich, Idaho." John R K Howard coat hanger rapist: How I avoided jail by Christopher Koulouris, December 20, Scallywag & Vagabond

"In May, the Idaho attorney general’s office filed sexual assault charges against the 19-year-old and two of his teammates, who went on to be charged in juvenile court. They alleged the three suspects lured the special needs student into the locker with the promise of a hug, but instead held him down and shoved a coat hanger into his rectum.

"Howard’s attorney, Brad Calbo said the “victim was not at any time pinned down, raped or pinned down and subjected any sort of forcible penetration.”" Ex-football player avoids jail time for assaulting disabled teen by Jessica Schladebeck, New York Daily News December 20, 2016

John R.K. Howard & Tanner Ward: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know by Paul Farrell, May 25, 2016