Idaho football players accused of raping mentally disabled teammate

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Idaho Football Players Accused of Raping Mentally Disabled Teammate

A high school in Dietrich, Idaho, is being sued for $10 million for allegedly allowing a mentally disabled football player to be abused and bullied for months. Three of his teammates have been charged with sexual assault.

The civil lawsuit alleges the teen "was taunted and called racist names by other members of the team which names included 'Kool-Aid' 'chicken eater' 'watermelon' and [the N-word]." The details of what happened are extremely disturbing.

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The lawsuit says one of the accused attackers reached out as though asking for a hug after practice last October but instead restrained him and allowed him to be raped with a coat hanger.

John Howard and Tanner Ward have been charged as adults, and based on Idaho law, they could spend life in prison. The third teammate is 16 and being charged as a juvenile.

What makes the case worse are the accusations members of the faculty not only knew about the racial and physical abuse but that coaches encouraged players to fight the victim.

The teen's lawyer told MagicValley.com: "All school districts are under state mandate to monitor for bullying and to take steps to educate students. There were clear signals this man was abused, bullied and taken advantage of."

So far, the school hasn't commented. Ward has already pleaded not guilty, and Howard will have a preliminary hearing June 10.

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Idaho football players accused of raping mentally disabled teammate
Brandon Vandenburg looks at the jury as Judge Wilkins reads the charges during his trial on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. Vandenburg and Cory Batey, two former Vanderbilt football players, are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo, Pool)
Attorney Fletcher Long gives his final argument to the jury during the trial of Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. Vandenburg and Batey, two former Vanderbilt football players, are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo, Pool)
The defense gatherers after the jury was read the charges against Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. Vandenburg and Batey, two former Vanderbilt football players, are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo, Pool)
Corey Batey gets a hug from a friend after the jury left the room during his trial on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, two former Vanderbilt football players, are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo, Pool)
Judge Monte Wilkins reads the charges to the jury during the trial of Corey Batey and Brandon Vandenburg on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. Batey and Vandenburg, two former Vanderbilt football players, are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo, Pool)
Corey Batey stands in court after the jury left the room during his trial on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, two former Vanderbilt football players, are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo, Pool)
Former Vanderbilt University football player Brandon Vandenburg, center, arrives for jury selection in his trial Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Vandenburg and former teammate Cory Batey are charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student on June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey arrives for jury selection in his rape trial in Nashville, Tenn. Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins granted a mistrial in the case of two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm-room rape of a student on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, when he ruled in favor of defense attorneys who said a juror intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
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