The disturbing sexual assault case centered around an on-campus encounter between a 15-year-old De La Salle junior varsity football player and a student from neighboring Carondelet turned deeply acrimonious after the father of the accused attacker stood up for his son in the local media.
The man insisted his son was innocent, that the victim had given her consent and that his son was being victimized. The father is himself a registered sex offender, according to the Bay Area News Group.
Charges have not been field against the 15-year-old.
The unseemly incident has captured national attention in large part because of the community in which it occurred. Concord, Calif.-based De La Salle is among the nation’s most well-known Catholic high schools, in large part because of the immense success of its record-setting high school football team. The Spartans own the record for the nation’s longest winning streak in 11-man football; former head coach Bob Ladoucer inspired both a generation of players and coaches en route to serving as the basis of a major Hollywood movie, earning multiple USA TODAY Super 25 national titles along the way.
Paramount among Ladoucer’s values was that his players comport themselves the right way whenever they were being associated with De La Salle football. That was true both on campus and off. That this incident occurred either during or immediately following a De La Salle varsity football game, on the school’s campus, has left nearly all in both communities with a foul taste in their mouths.
Shortly after the initial incident was reported, the father of the Carondelet victim spoke out to the media to support his daughter and encourage other students and their parents to speak out about allegations of sexual assault. Instead, what his comments sparked were a direct rebuke from the boy’s father at De La Salle, who offered the following quote in an interview with the Bay Area News Group.
“He’s tall, dark and handsome, he plays for De La Salle, there’s a lot of girls that want to be with my son,” the 38-year-old father said in an interview with Bay Area News Group. “When young, fast girls see something they like, they go after it. … They were just two teenagers having sex; they were just doing it at the wrong place, at the wrong time.”
The father of the De La Salle player has attempted to cast his son as the victim, an act that further enraged the victim and her family, per the Easy Bay Times.
“It’s not OK for this to happen to anyone,” the alleged victim told San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX. “And it’s not OK for people, like society, to feel like the person that’s been hurt, that they’ve done something wrong to feel ashamed about the situation. … Boys need to know that no means no, period. Point blank.”