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Sexual Assault Occurred During Catonsville Stars Homecoming Celebration

Two 13-year-old girls reportedly dragged into woods and sexually assaulted during Catonsville Recreation and Parks youth football homecoming games on Saturday.

The sexual assault of two 13-year-old girls that reportedly occurred Saturday evening near a Catonsville High School athletic field took place during or shortly after a Catonsville Stars football game.

Eleven games were played on Saturday as Catonsville Recreation and Parks youth football celebrated its homecoming, according to the program's President Bryan Wynn.

"There were games all day long," Wynn said.

According to police, at around 9:30 p.m., the two girls met a male acquaintance and three of his friends near the athletic field concession stand.

The suspects tried to talk the victims into accompanying them into a nearby woods. When the girls refused, the suspects reportedly dragged them into the wooded area, according to police.

The four suspects touched the girls inappropriately and exposed themselves, police said.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathleen Batton said that the victims did not attend Catonsville High School. Officials have not released the names of the victims or any other identifying information.

Police are investigating the identities of the suspects, Batton said. Their ages and school affiliation, if any, is unknown, she said.

According to the Catonsville Stars website, the football program played 11 games on Saturday, Oct. 20. The group's first game, against the HC Terps, was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Catonsville was slated to play against youth football teams from Arbutus, Randallstown, Middle River, West Carroll, and Ellicott City. The last five games were against Ellicott City, with the final one beginning at 8:30 p.m.

"There were hundreds and hundreds of people there" during the day-long series of games, Wynn said. "As many as 1,500 people."

About 30-40 parents were directly involved in conducting the football games throughout the day, he said.

According to Wynn, activities on the football field lasted until 9:30-10 p.m.

Wynn said that he was unaware of anything untoward taking place on Saturday and has not yet been contacted by police.

"I can't speak about what happened in the woods," he said.

Jenn Jenn October 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The Catonsille Stars Nation is a program surrounded by responsible ,caring , and knowledgable coaches and trainers as well as a wonderful group of supportive parents! We watch carefully over our kids because that is our sole purpose the Kids! If something did occur I hope an pray the police find the suspects and they are punished and I pray for the young ladies but just because this took place at CHS during our homecoming does not mean it should at all reflect on our program or the safety of our children . I myself was at the field all day and evening until the end and never heard or saw anything but groups of people cheering on the Stars Nation and celebrating out kids!
Colleen October 24, 2012 at 06:36 PM
As a CHS alum, I can say that kids have historical taken off into the surrounding woods for many years to do things away from the prying eyes of adults. This of course renders the kids making this choice extremely vulnerable to their peers or whomever they chose to leave with. As Bruce has reported it, it does not appear the girls left consenually, so that is not the issue. But the event itself is no reflection upon Catonsville Stars, homecoming, or our fine community. I would hope others from outside our community would feel the same. Considering the sexual assaults of a few weeks ago at Edmonson and Ingleside, we all need to operate with an elevated sense of wariness and/or awareness of our surroundings.
Concerned Parent October 28, 2012 at 07:10 AM
First of all he needs not to report rumors and report facts. As an adult that works with the program we would have heard or seen two young girls "dragged" into the woods. Seems to me they are covering up something. Maybe you should report that.
Michelle L October 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM
It sounds to me like people are more concerned with the program than with the potential that this assault occurred. Many crimes take place with hundreds of people nearby. The skepticism rendered as to whether the assault occurred and the fixation on the use of the term alleged could be doubly victimizing to these young girls. I am sure it is a wonderful program but I am getting the sense that people are more concerned about protecting it's reputation than getting at the truth. It is somewhat reminiscent of what happened at Penn State. Whether this assault occurred or not is no reflection on the overall program unless one makes it so by being overly sensitive and protective about it over the voice of potential victims.
Ed Riesner November 06, 2012 at 02:49 AM
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