Martinsville middle school football players at center of rape investigation

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MORGAN COUNTY – Three middle school football players from Martinsville are at the center of a rape investigation involving an eighth grade girl.

According to the allegations, three members from the middle school football team assaulted the girl at a party last month. Alcohol may have been involved.

Acting Police Chief Robert Townsend told Fox 59 that he believes the case was referred to investigators from administrators at the Martinsville School District, which would be required by state law to report the incident even though the assault didn’t happen on school property.

A school spokesman also confirmed the allegations to Fox 59 News.

Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega said his office learned about the allegations late last week and said the case was being “looked at from all angles” and that Martinsville police are doing “the best they can” to investigate.

A coach confirms to Fox 59 News that one of his players has been suspended for a third of the season.

Last year, Martinsville was rocked by the guilty pleas of two coaches who admitted having sex with the same high school student.

Sonnega doesn’t have a timetable for the completion of the investigation.