Posted 6:40 PM 9/9/2013 : Sahuarita high student pleads guilty in locker room incident
TUCSON - One of seven teenagers accused of criminal bullying, at Sahuarita high school was in court Monday. 18-year old Andres Vasquez pleaded guilty to a class three misdemeanor.
He admitted to Judge Javier Chon Lopez he held the victim's leg with the intent to provoke him. Vasquez, was among the wrestlers charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault back in January.
Judge Lopez made it clear to the Sahuarita High school senior what rights he was giving up by pleading guilty. The more serious charges were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.
Everyone involved in the case declined an on camera interview.
Next month, Marcus Stitts, Jorge Loya Lopez, and Blake Koller-- all adults-- are scheduled for a pre trial conference.
The 18-year-old Vasquez is facing up to 30 days in jail and a year's probation. He will be sentenced on October 25th.
Of the seven teenagers involved, three were juveniles. According to the Pima County Attorney's office, one juvenile had the charges dismissed, another one was found not guilty by a juvenile court judge. That juvenile's mother, asked us not to identify her. She told us, she is disappointed by Andres Vasquez pleading guilty. She says this incident has been blown out of proportion. She claims the judge dismissed the serious charges against her son because there was a great deal of inconsistencies in the testimony.
Her son was found guilty of indecent exposure, stemming from a separate incident on January 11th. However, her son wasn't even in school on that day. She showed News 4 Tucson, a copy of his attendance records. It shows he had a scheduled absence due to a school activity. The mother claims he was at a wrestling tournament in Marana. They are appealing the judge's decision.
As for the third juvenile, the County Attorney's office says his case is still pending.
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