Dimond High football investigation turned over to Office of Special Prosecutions

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — The investigation into allegations of sexual assault by members of the Dimond High School football team has been completed by Anchorage Police, and is now being forwarded to the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals.

The investigations have not produced any charges or arrests, according to APD spokesperson MJ Thim.

Thim said that's because investigators are leaving that decision up to the Office of Special Prosecutions.

The case has been turned over to OSPA to settle what Thim called "jurisdictional logistics" stemming from the location of the incident, Fairbanks, and the individuals involved, who are from Anchorage.

Citing the minor age of individuals connected to the sexual assault investigation, Thim declined to say how many people are under investigation and what charges police may be seeking.

Anchorage School District Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop reiterated in a statement Wednesday that student safety is the district's highest priority.

"As part of ASD’s investigation, students known to have been involved in misconduct received discipline in accordance with ASD policy," Bishop said in part. "Three Dimond High School coaches, including the head coach, have been released from their coaching positions."

Former coach Bernardo Otero was fired for his handling of the incident, along with two assistant coaches. Otero was replaced by former head coach and Dimond psychology teacher Derek Brewer.

Last week, Anchorage School District officials said multiple students had been disciplined, but declined to elaborate on specific disciplinary actions taken.

The mother of one of the alleged victims told Channel 2 in August that during the overnight stay in the gymnasium at Lathrop High, several upperclassmen team members took several freshman team members one-by-one into another room, where the alleged abuse, which she says was sexual in nature, occurred.

The Dimond High School varsity football team returned to the field Saturday afternoon, playing against East High School after a two-week suspension.

After two weeks away from the game, the Dimond High Lynx lost 47-0 against the highly-favored East High Thunderbirds on Saturday.



 
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