USA TODAY - Three teen boys have admitted to sexually assaulting a northern California teen days before she hanged herself in a tragedy that made national headlines, California media are reporting.
Audrie Pott, of Saratoga, committed suicide in September 2012, eight days after drinking Gatorade laced with alcohol at a party and waking up with her pants off and lewd comments scrawled on her body. Cellphone photos taken of her were shared in text messages.
The San Jose Mercury News, citing documents and other "direct information" it obtained, said a 17-year-old boy two 16-year-old boys admitted in juvenile court to sexual assault and possessing photos of the girl. The boys, all of whom were one year younger at the time of the assault, were arrested in April.
The paper said the 16-year-olds served 30 days during weekends and that the 17-year-old was sentenced to 45 consecutive days in jail.
The identities of the boys have not been revealed because the case was handled in juvenile court. They could have faced up to 10 years in prison if the case had been handled in adult court.
Their sentences are also more lenient than those imposed on two 16-year-olds in Steubenville, Ohio, who received one and two years in juvenile detention, respectively.
The three defendants have been sued by Audrie's parents, Lawrence and Sheila Pott. The Mercury News, citing court documents filed last week, reports that a lawyer for one of the boys said Audrie's divorced parents, not the boys, were at least partially to blame for the tragedy. Audrie split time living with her mother in Los Altos and her father, stepmother and three half-siblings in Saratoga.
The newspaper cited this comment from Audrie, posted in private messages on Facebook in the days before her suicide: "My life is over. I have a reputation for a night I don't even remember, and the whole school knows."
The parents' lawyer, Robert Allard, has declined comment.
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