2 Sahuarita teens charged in 2nd attack

Newly revealed incident involving wrestlers took place 4 days before first
2013-02-23T00:00:00Z 2014-09-05T15:34:25Z 2 Sahuarita teens charged in 2nd attackKim Smith Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Two of the Sahuarita High School wrestlers arrested last month after a student said he was the victim of a lewd attack have been charged in connection with another incident that authorities said took place four days before involving a different student.

Marcus Aurelius Stitts, 18, and a juvenile student are now facing charges in connection with incidents that authorities said took place Jan. 11 and Jan. 15 in the locker room at Sahuarita High School.

The juvenile is charged with indecent exposure, aggravated assault and false imprisonment, said Deputy Pima County Attorney Dale Cardy.

Stitts is facing two counts of aggravated assault on an incapacitated victim, two counts of aggravated assault of a minor 15 or younger and one count of indecent exposure to a minor.

Last month, a boy told authorities he was surrounded by seven to 10 students Jan. 15, forced to the ground and held by four of the students.

The victim's pants and underwear were forcibly removed before two of the three juveniles performed lewd acts on the restrained student, court documents state.

The Sahuarita Police Department issued a news release on the incident, but did not do so after a second boy told detectives Jan. 30 he had been victimized on Jan. 11.

The student said he was in the school locker room when he was surrounded by Stitts and two to four other students who exposed themselves to him and engaged in a lewd act. The student said the incident ended when he kicked Stitts in the groin.

The Jan. 11 incident became public when Stitts' indictment was unsealed Thursday after his arraignment and the arraignment of the three other wrestlers charged as adults.

According to that indictment, Jorge Enrique Loya-Lopez, Andres Vasquez, and Blake Koller, all 18, are also facing charges related to the Jan. 15 incident.

Loya-Lopez and Vasquez are each charged with aggravated assault on an incapacitated victim, aggravated assault of a minor and indecent exposure to a minor. Koller is facing a sole count of aggravated assault on an incapacitated victim.

A total of three juveniles are facing charges in the Jan. 15 incident as well, Cardy said. Those teens are expected to be in court again Monday and March 6.

The alleged victim of the Jan. 11 incident told detectives he witnessed the Jan. 15 attack, according to police reports.

He also told detectives the lewd acts on Jan. 11 had happened several times before, and in one instance his arms were held behind his back and Stitts grabbed his groin.

"(Name redacted) stated he didn't tell anyone because the coach would just say that what occurred was hazing," the police report stated.

Defense attorney Rick Lougee, who represents Loya-Lopez, would not comment on the evidence in the case.

However, he said, "This is a new low in terms of judgment on the part of the prosecutors' office."

Efforts to reach the remaining defense attorneys were unsuccessful.

On StarNet: If you want to know more about crime in Tucson, check out the StarNet Police Beat blog at azstarnet.com/policebeat

Contact reporter Kim Smith at 573-4241 or kimsmith@azstarnet.com

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