Three Torrington High School students including two members of the football team have been charged with sexual assault.
Football players Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, who are both 18, have been charged with felony second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor in a police investigation that began last month.
Both athletes are accused of sexually assaulting two 13-year-old girls on Feb. 10. Investigators also said all the teens knew each other and the reason it's a sexual assault is because of the more than three year age difference.
Gonzalez and Toribio have pleaded not guilty and will appear in court again next month.
They have not returned to school since their arrest.
"As teammates and players they were both really good," said student Joe Tessora. "They had futures in football."
Sources told Eyewitness News whatever happened did not occur on school grounds. However, there are few details available because both cases remain sealed under court order.
Police said it's an active ongoing investigation and more arrests could be coming.
"No, I don't believe it," Tessora said. "Edgar and Joan are the coolest guys ever. They're not that bad. It's being blown way out of proportion."
Eyewitness News has learned that Toribio was again charged on March 4 with an additional charge of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
Police said the charges are from one of the same two victims from the initial incident.
Gonzalez also has a pending robbery case from last year, but was allowed to play in past football season.
"He is obviously very upset given the nature of these allegations as he is a good kid," said Gonzalez's attorney J. Patten Brown, III in an email to WFSB Wednesday.
The Register Citizen reports social media posts by classmates taunting the victim have included vulgar language and have blamed her for "ruining" the football players' lives.
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Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:43:16 GMT
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