Police: More victims possible in Prosper sexual assault




Posted on May 15, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 8:51 PM

PROSPER — A 16-year-old Prosper High School student who is accused of participating in the sexual assault of a girl earlier this month took the stand Tuesday afternoon at a juvenile detention hearing.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the possibility that there may be more victims in the case, and have asked any other victims to come forward.

The teen — whose name is not being released because he is a minor — refuted a Prosper police report that accuses him and 17-year-old Darius McClinton-Hunter of forcing a 16-year-old girl into a closet during a May 4 party at a Prosper apartment complex. 

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."

Jeff Falefia, a juvenile probation officer, read from the police report in court Tuesday describing the alleged offense: "They picked her up and placed her in a closet. She said, 'No,' and yelled for help. They forced her to perform [a sex act] on Darius."

The juvenile disputed the allegations, testifying that the girl willingly went into the closet to perform the act.

"It was consensual," the 16-year-old suspect testified. "I followed her into the closet. She performed [a sex act] on me."

The police report said three girls — including two 15-year-olds and one age 16 — went to the Prosper apartment on the day of the alleged assault. Five boys were also present, police said.

Prosecutors questioned the 16-year-old suspect about a "Snapback Club," named after a style of hat. They asked whether club members would drug girls or shoot cellphone video of them having sex. He said he didn't know.

Prosper police said they want to examine the suspects' cell phone usage and social media contributions as part of their investigation.

News 8 has learned that four of the suspects were arrested Monday on the Prosper High School campus. The fifth, McClinton-Hunter, was arrested on his way to school.

Prosper ISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael Goddard issued the following statement on Tuesday:

As many of you may know, four students were arrested today at Prosper High School for alleged events that have nothing to do with the school. Unfortunately, we still know very little at this time. Since minors are involved, the police cannot share certain information with the school district. Police have the authority to come onto a campus and make arrests even if it is unrelated to school events. Although this is not school-related, when something like this happens with our young people, all of us are affected. Our care and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and we are prepared to assist our students and families where appropriate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at your convenience.

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