LAPD detectives arrested nine Venice High School students Friday morning suspected of committing numerous sex crimes against two underage girls both on and off the campus.
School administrators notified police about the sex crime allegations on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the LAPD.
“Investigators have since learned that these incidents spanned from December of 2013 to March of 2015 [and] have identified 14 subjects and determined the sex crimes occurred on and off the campus of Venice High School,” the statement reads.
Eight of this morning’s arrests were made on campus and police are still seeking the other five suspects, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Ages of the subjects range from 14 to 17.
Authorities have not yet provided specific details of the allegations against the students.
“This is a painful moment for Venice High School and this district. I want you to know that no sexual misconduct of any kind by students or staff will ever be tolerated in L. A. Unified. Crisis counselors are on campus today to assist students who might be affected,” reads a statement by LAUSD Interim Superintendent Ramon Cortines. “The Los Angeles Unified School District is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation by LAPD and school police. Parents of the suspects have been notified.”
Police are asking anyone with information to call the LAPD West Bureau’s Special Sexual Assault Section at (213) 473-0447 or report a tip anonymously at (800) 222-TIPS.
— Gary Walker