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Federal Probe Finds Harassment At West Contra Costa Schools

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RICHMOND (CBS/AP) – A federal investigation of the West Contra Costa School District revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

The determination came as the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced its agreement Wednesday with the district to ensure compliance with Title IX, a 1972 law guaranteeing equal gender treatment, and reduce future instances of harassment or sexual violence.

“I am dismayed by the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault occurring at elementary and secondary schools in West Contra Costa,” Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights, said in a written statement.” Although the district frequently reported known incidents of sexual assaults to law enforcement for prosecution, the district did not fully comply with its legal obligations under Title IX to take immediate actions to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects, and to put proper procedures and protocols in place.”

The probe uncovered instances of sexual assaults, unwanted touching and demands for sexual favors as well as the use of sexually derogatory language that created a hostile environment within the district. It also added that students were subjected to sexual harassment by employees

As part of the agreement, the district will provide sexual harassment-prevention training and will create a task force to identify ways to reduce sexual violence. The district is comprised of 30,000 students in 37 elementary schools, six middle schools and six high schools.

The investigation began in 2010 after the brutal,2009 gang rape of a teenage girl outside of a homecoming dance at Richmond High School. Four men have been convicted and two others await trial.

The victim received $4 million to settle a lawsuit against the district in 2010.

The district said in a written statement released Thursday that while it has made significant progress, more needs to be done to make schools safer.

“Sexual harassment and gender-based harassment can be significant impairments to student learning and can leave scars that last well beyond the years our students spend in school,” the district statement said. “We’re undertaking the (agreement) with a spirit of full commitment, not only to the individual steps that are in the agreement, but also to changing the culture in our schools and communities.”

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/11/07/federal-probe-finds-harassment-at-west-contra-costa-schools/

 

 

“I Backed Off,” Defendant Testifies

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Richmond High school gang rape trial defendant Marcelles Peter told police that he touched the victim’s “private area,” but didn’t foresee the girl getting raped, and beaten, according to a police interrogation video to the 20-year-old Pinole Man’s jury.

“I don’t think I should be in trouble for this because I didn’t know what was going to happen,” a 17-year-old Peter told detectives in 2009, a few days after a 16-year-old sophomore was raped and beaten on the school’s campus after leaving a homecoming dance.

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Haunting chronology of events detailed in homecoming gang-rape case

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Ari Morales, 19, testified about his involvement in the 2009 Richmond High School gang rape case

By Fareed Abdulrahman  Posted June 24, 2013 3:42 pm

A young man previously convicted in the group rape of a 16-year-old girl four years ago testified against two other suspects on Thursday.

Ari Morales, 19, never testified during his own trial in January. His comments last week marked the first time his version of events has been recorded in court. The testimony is part of a new trial against suspects Marcelles Peter, 20, and Jose Montano, 22, both of whom were charged with rape, rape with a foreign object and forced oral copulation.

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Ringleader Of Richmond Gang Rape Testifies

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MARTINEZ, Calif. —

A man who was convicted in connection with the brutal gang rape of a 16-year-old girl outside of a Richmond High School homecoming dance took the witness stand Thursday in the trial against two of his alleged co-conspirators.

Ari Morales, 19, of San Pablo, testified in a Martinez courtroom Thursday about the events of the night of Oct. 24, 2009, when he and several others took part in the gang rape and beating. The testimony is part of the trial against 20-year-old Marcelles Peter and 22-year-old Jose Montano, who are both charged with rape, rape with a foreign object and forced oral copulation.

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