Saratoga Teen Sex Assault Suspects Released to Parents

By Tony Kovaleski and Damian Trujillo
|  Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013  |  Updated 6:28 PM PDT
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Marianne Favro reports on what we know about the house arrests for the suspects in the Audrie Potts sex assault case.

Marianne Favro reports on what we know about the house arrests for the suspects in the Audrie Potts sex assault case.

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Saratoga Teen Sex Assault Suspects Released to Parents

The three 16-year-old boys charged in connection with the sexual assault of Audrie Pott were released to the custody of their parents. Tony Kovaleski reports.

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The three 16-year-old boys charged in connection with the sexual assault of Audrie Pott were released to the custody of their parents, NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit has learned.

Sources told the Investigative Unit on Monday that the teens were released from Juvenile Hall on Saturday and were placed on house arrest.

There are several conditions of their release, the source said, one of which includes wearing an ankle bracelet.

The teens were arrested on April 11 in connection with sexually assaulting the 15-year-old Audrie, who felt humiliated and cyber bullied and committed suicide in September. All had attended Saratoga High School.

In addition to the criminal charges, the Pott family, through attorney Bob Allard, has filed a wrongful death suit against the teens.

In a statement last week, 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.

NBC Bay Area doesn't normally identify victims of sexual assault or suicide, but have used the girl’s name in this report with her parents’ permission. They are hoping the story will help prevent something like this from every happening to anyone else.

The teens are being treated as juveniles at this point, and their names and court proceedings are also not public.

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