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12th Teenage Boy Surrenders To Police Regarding Venice High Sexual Assault Allegations:

A 12th teenage boy who was allegedly part of a group of 14 accused of sexually assaulting two girls who attend Venice High School surrendered to police Tuesday.

Two other boys are still at large, Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andy Smith said.

Nine of the suspects were arrested Friday morning, a 10th turned himself in later that day and an 11th surrendered Monday.

The 14 teens are suspected in sexual assaults that were first reported Tuesday and are believed to have occurred between December 2013 and earlier this month, both on and off campus, Smith said.

The suspects’ ages range from 14 to 17. Police did not release the ages of the two victims, other than to say they were both in their mid-teens.

Smith said some of the sexual activity was consensual, and although the alleged offenses date back to 2013, most of the acts occurred in the past two months.

A source with the Los Angeles Unified School District said a group of male students conspired to pressure girls into having sex, threatening to ruin their reputations. The investigation began when police received information from school administrators about  “a possible victim of a possible sexual assault,” Smith said.

“Our detectives from the LAPD’s Special Assault Section responded, and they conducted an investigation,” he said. “During that investigation, they were able to locate two victims — both students at Venice High School — (who) we believe were victims of a series of sexual assaults both on and off campus.

“They continued their investigation over the next day, and they were able to identify 14 subjects that we believe are responsible for these sexual assaults and unlawful sex acts,” Smith said.

Smith said the suspects, whose names were not released because of their ages, could face charges including sexual assault and committing unlawful sex acts.

Crisis counselors were sent to the Venice High campus Friday. Three extra counselors were assigned to the school on Monday to address concerns of students, staff and parents.

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines said the LAUSD “is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation by LAPD and school police.”

“Parents of the suspects have been notified. This is a painful moment for Venice High School and this district,” Cortines said. “I want you to know that no sexual misconduct of any kind by students or staff will ever be tolerated in L.A. Unified.”

Smith said detectives have no reason to believe there are other victims, but are not ruling out the possibility. He urged anyone with information to call sex crimes detectives, (213) 473-0447; or (877) LAPD-247.

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