Prosper sex assault focuses on 'Team Snapback'

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Updated Thursday, May 17 at 9:15 AM

PROSPER — A group of teens who called themselves "Team Snapback" on social media websites is at the center of an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Prosper earlier this month.

The group — allegedly including 17-year-old suspects Darius McClinton-Hunter and Garrick White — posted pictures and videos of the crew hanging out, rapping and posing with girls.

Now McClinton-Hunter, White and three minors are accused of putting the victim in the closet of a Prosper apartment and forcing her to perform a sex act.

At a court hearing Tuesday for the juvenile suspects, prosecutors alleged that on May 4, Hunter and a 16-year-old boy grabbed the alleged victim at a party at a Prosper apartment complex; put her in a closet; and forced her to perform a sex act.

Prosecutors also claim that one of the suspects restrained a girl who was trying to help the victim.

Prosecutors asked one of the 16-year-old suspects if drugs and alcohol were used at the party and asked whether it had been recorded. The boy said, "No." He denied all allegations and said any sexual activity was consensual.

Prosper police are still investigating and checking into the possibility that there may be other victims.

They examining the suspects' cell phone records and combing through their social media pages and online videos, including "Team Snapback's" Internet clips.

McClinton-Hunter is the son of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter. He was freed on bond on Monday.

"We were stunned by these accusations, disappointed by the way it was handled, but completely confident that the facts will prove Darius's innocence," said a written statement from the teen's lawyer, Todd Shapiro. "He, as well as his family, looks forward to having the opportunity to clear his name at the appropriate time."

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