The three 16-year-old boys charged with sexually assaulting a Saratoga teen who later committed suicide after her picture was shown at school made their first court appearance on Tuesday in juvenile court. Kris Sanchez reports.
The three 16-year-old boys charged with sexually assaulting a Saratoga teen who later committed suicide after her picture was shown at school made their first court appearance on Tuesday in juvenile court.
But because juvenile proceedings are private, what happened to the teens is unknown. One of the teen's lawyers, Eric Geffon, spoke briefly with NBC Bay Area outside the courthouse, only to say that the juvenile system is the "appropriate" one for his client.
The 16-year-old Saratoga High School students were arrested last week - seven months after the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said they allegedly sexually assaulted 15-year-old Audrie Potts at a Labor Day house party.
The charges: Two felonies and one misdemeanor involving sexual battery and dissemination of child pornography.
They took at least one photograph of Audrie and showed that photo to "at least ten people," according to Bob Allard, the Pott's family attorney. Audrie felt as though the whole world knew, her lawyer and family said, and she tried to take her own life on Sept. 10. She died two days later.
In a statement, the boys' lawyers have called much of the reporting "inaccurate" and distanced their clients from the alleged crime and Audrie's suicide.
"Most disturbing is the attempt to link Audrey's [sic] suicide to the specific actions of these three boys," some of the statement read.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: The Audrie Pott Foundation has been set up to provide information about Audrie and efforts to raise money to provide art and music scholarships to Bay Area students.