SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Three teenage boys have reportedly admitted to sexually assaulting Audrie Pott, the Saratoga teen who took her own life in 2012.
According to just released documents in the case, the three teenage boys have confessed to sexually assaulting Pott and possessing cellphone photos of her partially naked body. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the boys admitted to digitally penetrating the 15-year-old on September 2, 2012, while she was passed out drunk.
Pott hanged herself eight days later after sending this message to friends.
“I am in hell. Everyone knows about that night. The whole school is talking about it. My life is over,” she posted in private messages on Facebook.
Two of the boys also confessed to possessing sexual photos of other teenage girls on their phones, although it is still unclear when those photos were taken.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said this case is another sad example of teenage drinking, in an age where there is a cellphone in every pocket.
“The ability to distribute it is so much easier than it’s been in the past, I think we’re not even touching the surface on how much is out there,” Smith said.
Two of the teens were sentenced to 30 days in juvenile hall and have already finished serving their sentences. The third is currently spending 45 days in juvenile detention. The teens, two of whom were 15 and one who was 16 at the time, received sentences that were far less severe than if they were tried in adult court, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprison.
The boys are still facing a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the Pott family, that claims they were responsible for Audrie’s suicide.
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