Five Underage High School Football Players Charged With Gang Rape

Gang rape suspect Torreano Batton makes his initial appearance with a public defender at the Seminole County Jail.
Gang rape suspect Torreano Batton makes his initial appearance with a public defender at the Seminole County Jail.

Seminole County prosecutors have charged five underage Winter Springs High football players with gang rape.

Two are now being prosecuted as adults.

Three will be prosecuted as juveniles. Those three are scheduled to be in juvenile court Tuesday for arraignment. The other two may appear in adult court.

A sixth suspect — the only adult, 18-year-old Torreano Batton — has not been charged. He’s due back in adult court Tuesday for his arraignment.

In his case, prosecutors are expected to ask Circuit Judge Donna McIntosh for more time to make a charging decision.

If convicted as charged, the two juveniles being prosecuted as adults face a maximum of four years in the adult prison system, far less than the normal maximum of 30 years, because they are “youthful offenders.”

The other three juveniles, if convicted, could be placed in a juvenile facility until age 19.

All six were arrested after a 16-year-old girl told police she was sexually assaulted by each of them on Nov. 13 in a patch of woods near Winter Springs High School, in Winter Springs, northeast of Orlando.

She was raped by three of them as she walked from the high school to a nearby McDonald’s, she said, and was raped again on her way back when two of those boys caught up with her and pulled her into the woods, where others were waiting, according to the arrest report.

Three of the underage suspects told police the sex was consensual. Two said they did not take part. Batton told police he was not involved.

Two suspects assaulted her twice, she said.

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SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
Rene Stutzman

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