Torrington Sex Assault Suspect to Serve Prison Time

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|  Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013  |  Updated 3:52 PM EDT
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Fourth Football Player Arrested in Sex Assault Case

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Fourth Football Player Arrested in Sex Assault Case

Police have arrested a 17-year-old Torrington High School football player in connection with a sexual assault investigation.
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One of the four Torrington High School football players arrested in connection with a sexual assault case has pleaded guilty and will serve nine months in prison.

Joan Toribio, 18, was sentenced Nov. 19 to 10 years in prison, suspended after nine months, and will serve 10 years' probation. He does not have to register as a sex offender, according to the Litchfield judicial district.

Toribio, a former high school football player, and teammate Edgar Gonzalez were charged with the sex assaults of two 13-year-old Torrington Middle School students.

Toribio was banned from having any contact with the victim or her family. He pleaded guilty in September.

Four teens were charged in the case, which rocked the community. A 17-year-old Torrington High School student and a 17-year-old football player were also charged.

One victim was threatened through social media, which forced school administrators to send out a letter to parents warning that students could be suspended, or even expelled, for cyber-bullying.

In the wake of the arrests, there were allegations of cyber-bullying aimed at a victim. The superintendent warned that inappropriate comments made against a student or staff member could lead to punishment, including possible expulsion.

Gonzalez, also 18, is also accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in January and appeared in court in September. His lawyer, J. Patten Brown III, has said the allegations against his client appear to involve consensual, but statutorily illegal, sex.

Gonzalez will serve 10 years in jail suspended after six years with 10 years' probation.

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