CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - The attorney for the freshman victims in the Carmel bullyassault case is calling for change within the school system and acloser look at the coaches.
His comments come just days before the announcement Monday ofpotential charges against three senior basketball players.
I-Team 8 has learned the charges announced Monday against thethree seniors may be misdemeanor and not felony charges.
Robert Turner represents the freshman victims.
He told I-Team 8, "I don't have the benefit of hearing thetestimony the grand jury heard. I do know what my client told meand there were sufficient facts to justify felonycharges.”
The case involves three seniors sexually assaulting a freshmanon the team bus on the way back from an away game.
Parents and students say the bully assaults have gone on foryears.
Turner says in a school setting the kids should have beenprotected and he questions what the coaches knew.
He said, “Based on what my client told me, there werepeople in a supervisory capacity that knew about this. If I becomeaware of any facts that indicate an administrator, coach orwhomever, had knowledge of this or tolerated it, I will insist onthe pursuit of criminal charges against them, including felonycharges.”
The same day the charges are announced, the Carmel school boardwill consider a new anti-hazing policy that night.
The policy in part states:
"Hazing shall be defined...as performing any act or coercinganother, including the victim, to perform any act of initiationinto any class, group or organization that causes or creates a riskof causing mental, emotional or physical harm."
For Turner, that's a start.
He said, “The bully or anti-hazing policy doesn’t doany good if no one enforces it and no one in the school systemholds them responsible for their failure to enforce it.”
Turner says there are more victims. He knows of three othervictims who have stepped forward.
I-Team 8 is told the three seniors would turn themselves intoHamilton County authorities once the charges are announcedMonday.
Turner says if this had been male-on-female instead ofmale-on-male, he feels it would have been taken more seriously andaction would have come faster.
I-Team 8 will be there Monday as the Hamilton and HendricksCounty prosecutors announce their decision on charges.
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