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Gilroy Teen Arrested for Sexual Assault; Girl Later Committed Suicide

The 16-year-old is a Christopher High School Student. He was arrested on Thursday.

Three teenage boys were arrested at school today in connection with the alleged sexual assault in Saratoga last fall of a 15-year-old girl who later committed suicide, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Two of the boys were taken into custody this morning at Saratoga High School, and the third was arrested at Christopher High School in Gilroy, Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman Deputy Kurtis Stenderup said.

All three were booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.

The boys, all age 16, were each arrested on suspicion of two counts of felony sexual battery and a misdemeanor — all related to the alleged assault, Stenderup said.

The girl, Audrie Pott, a Saratoga High School sophomore, committed suicide after learning that a photo someone took of the assault was posted online, said Robert Allard, a San Jose attorney retained by her parents, who gave permission through him to release her name.

Stenderup said the sheriff's office cannot share much about the case yet because the investigation is still open and it involves juveniles.

"Our detectives are still actively writing search warrants," Stenderup said. "I'm told this is far from being over."

Allard compared the case to a recent one in Steubenville, Ohio, where photos were circulated of an unconscious girl who was sexually assaulted by high school boys during a party. Two boys were convicted of rape in that case in March.

He said Audrie's parents are seeking to sue about 10 people, including high school students and some parents, in connection with the assault.

Allard alleged that at least three high school boys took part in multiple sexual acts on the drunken teen while she lay unconscious in the bedroom of the home of a friend whose parents where gone for the weekend last September.

The party at the Saratoga home was attended by eight to 10 high school students who consumed hard liquor mixed with Gatorade, Allard said.

Someone took at least one photo of the unclothed girl as the alleged sexual attack took place, and the picture was shown to others, then sent by text and email and finally posted on Facebook, Allard said.

"It went viral," Allard said. "It was pervasively disseminated."

The girl decided not to inform her parents about the sexual assault, but after learning that a photo had been distributed, she posted some messages on her Facebook page, he said.

According to Allard, she wrote: "They took pictures of me. My life is ruined" and that it was "the worst day ever."

She told one friend about what occurred, and committed suicide in Los Altos eight days after the alleged assault, Allard said.

The family, which plans to hold a news conference in San Jose on Tuesday, would like to see Audrie's name associated with legislation named after her that would seek to prevent cyber bullying, Allard said.

"All the family wants to do is to honor Audrie and take steps legally and morally so that this never happens again," he said.

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Cyndy Poole April 12, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Too much of this type of tragedy is going on with our children lately. We had an almost identical thing happen in Canada this past week. My heart goes out to the families who have lost their children to suicide caused by bullies.
Mike Here April 12, 2013 at 02:54 AM
maybe she should have done a better job managing who she hangs wth.. just saying ..some women are dumbas rocks
magyart April 12, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Mike Here, even "dumbass rocks" don't deserve rape.
Dawn April 12, 2013 at 03:17 AM
She is not a woman, she is a girl. I guess you didn't make any mistakes when you were a teen. Stop blaming the victim.
Dan April 12, 2013 at 03:17 AM
^^dumbas Mike there^^^
Hayden April 12, 2013 at 03:18 AM
So...that's an excuse for what those sob's did?
Jack April 12, 2013 at 03:21 AM
So it sounds as though Mike here is suggesting rape of anyone dumbas rocks is acceptable. Also suicide caused by bullies!? This is not about bullies this is about rape. Never no matter what, under any circumstance is rape understandable,acceptable, or otherwise anything but a horrible, violent act perpetrated on another human being and completely, undeniably, indefensibly wrong.
Cyndy Poole April 12, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I quite agree with you Jack. But the reason this young girl took her life was that she was humiliated (bullied) by the picture(s) that were posted online, therefore......suicide by bullies. A young girl's feelings are very fragile at this age. She was mortified when she found out that the whole world would be seeing her picture when she was at her worst.
n2scrapping April 12, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Such a tragedy! Mike she was unconscious and in no way agreed to sexual relations with these boys! His sick ate they for taking advantage if this young girl! I feel disgusted that you would even make a comment like you did!
Brittney April 12, 2013 at 04:48 AM
This is so sad. Kids drink and pass out, it happened when we were all growing up and it still happens now. That does not make unconscious sex (rape) ok. Kids these days are mean on a whole new level and I feel so sorry for the young girl and the family she left behind. Something needs to be done about the way kids treat eachother.
D-Garlicman April 12, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Very sad news and we are shocked as my son goes to Christopher high and knows the boy arrested. Let's pray for the girl's family that they find closure and for the boys as they will need guidance from the Man above. These are strange times and social media does not help the cause..
Tamra~Kathleen April 12, 2013 at 03:12 PM
That *blame the victim* mentality you see in the post above.... That is a big part of the problem of why this keeps happening.
Jacob Bourne (Editor) April 12, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Blaming the victim is disgusting. See my take here: http://gilroy.patch.com/articles/gilroy-let-s-not-be-the-next-steubenville#c
Berto April 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Really, Mike Here? You've never been a parent, have you? How about being a teenager; every been one of those? Ever made a dumb decision in secret as a teenager? How quickly some people seem to forget.
lea strickert April 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM
First of all, rape is a crime of violence with sex used to hurt, injure, and demean the victim.No person who is raped (male or female), has "Asked for" or "Deserves" what happened to them. Perpetrators should be held accountable for their crimes - no matter the age, deserve to serve hard time. Anyone who knew about the ccrime, yet did nothing, should be treated as accesories to the crime. A rape survivor.
Doris April 13, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Good grief i hope we are beyond blaming the girl for this ... yes, all kids should watch the behavior of who they hang with. We all made mistakes as adolescents. They aren't adults. Adults make mistakes too. But I would hope we can at least use this as a vehicle to talk to all our kids and help them with their decision making ability. Maybe they won't listen all the time, all you can do is keep trying....this is so sad. I bet it happens more than we know. As a parent of high school students, it is just horrible to imagine this happening to any family. Hugs to Audrie's family and friends.
Debbie White April 13, 2013 at 05:06 AM
F'ing idiot Mike.
Jackie April 13, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Unbelievable! Respect teach respect, to your kids. Blaming the poor girl is not the answer. I hope her parents find some peace. I support her parents To do what they need, maybe other parents will learn how To discipline their children. What has happened to our children so many have no regard to others. I hate to say We are not doing a very good job in raising our kids.god help us all? To the Family, so sorry for your loss. Audrie rip Dear child.
MarieR April 14, 2013 at 04:04 AM
That is an embarrassing statement, Mike Here. maybe you are really that foolish.. maybe you are (sadly) trying to get a reaction out of Patch readers.. It's not "dumb ass" of a woman/girl to trust others (that's when she is vulnerable), it's not "dumb ass" of the woman/girl to be taken advantage of and abused - that's when she is a victim. We need young men/boys to be courageous.. not to participate in this evil group mentality.. Say no to your buddies and then take the bigger step and report. Any one of those boys had a choice from the beginning.. to rescue her or to hurt her. And they didn't stop with the rape.. Please explain to me how she is the dumb ass..
Casey Eads April 14, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Thats what you get for being a drunk whore
MarieR April 15, 2013 at 03:44 PM
While disturbing and sometimes hateful, the Casey Eads and Mike Heres of the world are among us.. Free speech, right?
Jacob Bourne (Editor) April 15, 2013 at 04:48 PM
MarieR, they are a great example of how much change we still need. Really a shame, but a good reminder of the rape culture we live in.
Jim Shuster April 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Gilroypatch.com - You don't need to publicize what school he attended. It only affects the kids of that school and does nothing for your readers. Compassion is the root of your success.
jgonzalez April 22, 2013 at 12:44 AM
well the parent of high school age girls have the right to know if their daughter is attending classes with someone who could possibly harm them.it's true your comment about compassion ,if the young man did do what he is accused of he did'nt show much compassion for miss pott ands that's probably why he's not very successful now.
Kell April 22, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Uncalled for and unacceptable. Disgusting!
Kell April 22, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I pray that neither of them ever has any children!!

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