Three Clawson High School students accused of making a cellphone video of them having sex with an underage student will stand trial.
The defendants– an 18-year-old and 17-year-old, both from Pontiac, and a 17-year-old from Clawson – appeared in Oakland County Circuit Court Friday after their Jan. 31 arrest on third-degree criminal sexual assault charges, the Oakland Press reports. Each of the defendants faces three counts, and each charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The charges stem from an Oct. 9 incident in which the female, who was 15 at the time, left Clawson High School with the three suspects and went to a house, where they reportedly engaged in intercourse and oral sex.
One of the suspects videotaped the sex acts and reportedly showed it to other students at the school. Students alerted school administrators, who began an investigation that eventually led to the suspension of the the students.
Detectives with the Clawson Police Department interviewed the students, who admitted having sex with the girl, Clawson Police Lt. Scott Sarvello said.
Police confiscated the cellphone used to videotape the sex acts. The Oakland County Sheriff’s forensic lab was able to retrieve the deleted sex videos.
The case is complicated by a Tweet the girl, who was 15 at the time, reportedly sent out that said no one forced or threatened her, Elias Escobedo, an attorney for one of the suspects said.
However, that may be a moot point because law states that it is illegal to have sex with anyone under the age of consent, which is 16 in Michigan.The girl was 15 when the alleged acts occurred.