Grand Jury Indicts Four Damascus High Students in Reported Rape Case

Grand Jury Indicts Four Damascus High Students in Reported Rape Case

All four defendants indicted on eight counts each in alleged assault of JV football players

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The four Damascus High School students facing rape charges for allegedly assaulting four fellow junior varsity football players have been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury.

Fifteen-year-olds Jean Abedi, Kristian Lee, Will Smith and Caleb Thorpe were each indicted Thursday night in Montgomery County Circuit Court on eight counts, including one count of first-degree rape, three counts of attempted first-degree rape and four counts of conspiracy to commit rape, according to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office .

Abedi, Lee and Smith were initially charged with two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of attempted first-degree rape and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree rape. Thorpe was initially charged with four counts of first-degree rape and four counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree rape.

County police decided to charge the four defendants as adults on Nov. 21. Lee, Smith and Thorpe were released on a $20,000 bond on Monday while Abedi was released on Tuesday.

Court documents cite four victims in the incident that allegedly occurred after school Oct. 31 inside a school locker room. The alleged attacks have previously been described by officials as part of a hazing tradition .

The four defendants are scheduled to appear Dec. 21 in Montgomery County Circuit Court for a scheduling hearing.

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