Three boys admitted in court Monday to the sexual assault of two female classmates while on a school field trip. Two admitted to a lewd act on a minor and the third admitted to sexual battery, according to Deputy District Attorney James Wade.
The two boys who admitted to a lewd act on a minor may face up to eight years in juvenile detention, while the third may face up to one year for sexual battery.
Though the fourth boy has not admitted to any charges, Wade said he expects the boy to confess at the Aug. 5 sentencing. The fifth boy must attend a proceeding in October before the District Attorney can decide whether to prosecute him, according to Wade. He did not disclose why the fifth boy's case was separated from the others.
Reports of the attempted rapes caused much concern in the community. School officials met the ’s field trip policy by having one supervisor for every 10 students, but the fact that the crimes went unnoticed caused some residents to and the effectiveness of the policy.
"The district is very concerned that this potential incident took place," Director of Assessment Jane Yuster said to Patch in June. "Our number one message to parents is that their kids are safe in Redwood City schools and on school-sponsored trips and activities."
District Superintendent Jan Christensen said the district is conducting an internal investigation to examine current safety procedures for school field trips and determine if changes are needed.