15-year-old De La Salle football player arrested on sexual assault charges

A 15-year-old member of California football powerhouse De La Salle’s program has been arrested and charged with suspicion of sexual assault in connection with an incident that occurred after the Spartans’ first-round CIF North Coast Section playoff game against Clayton Valley Charter.

As reported by the East Bay Times, among other outlets, the alleged sexual assault involved a 15-year-old student at Carondelet High School, the girls Catholic school that neighbors all-boys De La Salle in Concord. The alleged act took place following a varsity game, but the player who has been charged is not a member of the varsity team, according to the Times.

News of the assault broke Wednesday after Carondelet Principal Kevin Cushing sent a letter to families of Carondelet students, noting that the assault was reported to him on Nov 21 and that he immediately notified police, who subsequently investigated the case and charged the teen with alleged sexual assault.

Students on both campuses expressed a general sense of shock about the incident to the Times, though all agreed the victim should be praised for coming forward. Meanwhile, the victim’s father spoke behind a blinded identity to Bay Area ABC affiliate KGO, stressing the impact that the assault has had on his family while encouraging other teens to come forward.

“It’s an irreversible mistake; you affected many lives with your one bad decision,” the father told KGO. “He somehow came upon her phone number and he started sending her inappropriate text messages. That’s why as a parent, I’m stepping up and saying, hey, that’s why we’ve got to put a voice to this — address your parents, address your teachers.”