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13-year-old boy raped by four classmates


Deputies: Four teens raped another in Walker Middle School locker room

By Richard Danielson, Tom Marshall, John Martin and Dong-Phuong Nguyen, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Saturday, May 9, 2009

TAMPA — Four Walker Middle School students raped a 13-year-old classmate with a broom handle and a hockey stick last week in a campus locker room, deputies said Friday.

The boy identified his attackers, and investigators arrested four students at the school on Wednesday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office identified the suspects as Randall John Moye, 14; Raymond A. Price-Murray, 14; Lee Louis Myers, 14; and Diemante J. Roberts, 15.

Assistant State Attorney Pam Bondi said the four will be charged as adults. All face charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment.

"It is sad, so sad," the victim's mother said, eyes glistening as she leaned her head against the door of her family's Carrollwood area home.

"You expect your child to be safe at school."

The Times is not identifying the victim or his mother because of the nature of the crime. The mother said the school advised her not to discuss the incident until she had retained a lawyer.

"I want to protect him," she said. "It's so private."

The teens continually harassed and picked on the boy between March 15 and May 5, sheriff's spokeswoman Vida Morgan said.

On April 30, two teens held the victim down while the other two sexually battered him, deputies said.

All five teens were in the locker room to get ready for an interscholastic flag football team practice, said school spokesman Stephen Hegarty.

He said the school had been investigating another bullying incident Tuesday involving the boy when they learned of the sex assault allegations.

"What I'm told by the principal is that we learned there was a bullying incident Tuesday after school," he said. "That's what we were involved in Wednesday when some of these details came out. That's when we notified the (school resource officer)."

Hegarty said he didn't know why the victim was targeted.

All four suspects were being held in a juvenile assessment center. Their parents declined interview requests.

Price-Murray's mother, Lenshawn Price, is a Clearwater police officer. "I have no comment," she said. "I have no comment whatsoever."

A woman at the Myers family residence referred a reporter to an attorney, who did not return phone calls.

Moye's father, Randall Moye, hung up the phone twice.

Roberts' family could not be reached for comment.

School district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe initially said she thought only one person had been supervising the after-school program, but later said she was unsure about that.

Hegarty said there's no district policy specific to locker room supervision. "When you're on a school campus, there's an expectation of supervision," he said. "We're checking into everything about this."

In Hernando County, at least one teacher, coach or aide — preferably two — must be in the locker room if students are present.

Walker parents received a phone message from principal Kathleen Hoffman indicating that four male students had been arrested. The message did not tell them why.

"Currently, those students are not at Walker and will not return to Walker unless their legal issues are resolved," she said in the message. "The details of the situation are confidential, but I want to assure our parents that we are doing all we can to make sure our students are safe."

Parent Martin Dinella heard the news from a reporter. "It's awfully disturbing," he said. "There should have been some supervision. This is not what you want to hear."

His son, Justin, an eighth-grader, said he was in a history class with Moye. He was in math and history classes with Myers.

He said Moye jokes around a lot. "They're okay kids," he said. "I didn't think they'd do something like that."

Another student, seventh-grader Kyle Sneed, said, "It's kind of surprising, 'cause almost everyone here is really good to us.''

Betty Kinsey of Tampa said she worked with suspect Raymond Price-Murray through a mentoring program for teen boys run by her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

"He is a gifted, well-mannered child, an A student,'' she said.

In his LeClare Shores subdivision, a middle class neighborhood near Northdale, neighbors were stunned to hear of the charges.

"I don't believe it unless there's some proof or unless he said he did it," said Mary Ebel, 51, a Progress Energy wireless engineer who lives in the adjoining duplex. "I can't picture Raymond doing anything like that. He's a sweet young man, a caring young man."

Several neighbors said the teen would offer to help carry in groceries and always said hello as he rode his bike. Tall and thin, Price-Murray is reserved and respectful, they said, with a gentle, peaceful manner.

"He's always smiling and always very polite," said Nichole Schatzman, 30, a stay-at-home mom who lives across the street. Told of the charges, she covered her mouth with both hands. "I'm shocked at this," she said. "I'm actually speechless. I really am."

Neighbors in Myers' neighborhood near Lake Josephine and Rock Lake were also taken aback.

"It's very surprising," said Cherri Prince, 40, an advertising director who lives a few doors away. The Myers family lives in a half-million-dollar home on a large lot with frontage on both lakes.

Prince said she bought her home only a few months ago, and doesn't know Lee Louis Myers, but she described the parents as "very nice" and helpful.

Staff writers Kevin Graham, Colleen Jenkins, Robbyn Mitchell, Marlene Sokol and Rodney Thrash contributed to this report.

Hmm...when I first read this article, there were pictures of all four boys charged, not just the one black boy.


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Jun. 15th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
smh... these fuckers..
"I don't believe it unless there's some proof or unless he said he did it," said Mary Ebel, 51, a Progress Energy wireless engineer who lives in the adjoining duplex. "I can't picture Raymond doing anything like that. He's a sweet young man, a caring young man."

um.... objection?
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Jun. 15th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: smh... these fuckers..
foreal, i'm so sick of adults making excuses for kids who do dumbass evil shit..... i don't expect them to throw their own under the bus, but "no comment" sounds a hell of alot better than excuses.
Jun. 15th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Hmm...when I first read this article, there were pictures of all four boys charged, not just the one black boy.<.i>

Yeah, that's really messed up. Why would they decide to single out only one (Black boy, of course) of the 4?
Jun. 15th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Jun. 15th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Those little pieces of shit. While those little sociopaths take 95% of the blame the school shares some responsibility for this. "The teens continually harassed and picked on the boy between March 15 and May 5, sheriff's spokeswoman Vida Morgan said." How much you want to bet the school turned a blind eye to it or said suck it up about the bullying. I'm also highly disturbed that one of these kid's parents is a police officer I mean really smh.
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
THIS. Why do these schools keep waiting for some kid to get seriously hurt before they realize that bullying isn't just some bullshit kids do to each other?
Jun. 15th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
This is disgusting.

Everything about this is disgusting...the crime, the excuses people are making for these kids, and that "edit" on the website that removed the pictures of the other suspects to leave the lone black boy.

Whyyyyyy did I read the comments? This guy is just trolling, right? Right?

oh you know from Tampa
May 14th, 2009 9:33 am

I know ALL of these boys. and all of you are very wrong. this is an act of bullying they aren't "rapists" I know every one of these kids individually and they are good kids. They just got caught in a teen moment and now they are being punished!

Edited at 2009-06-15 11:08 pm (UTC)
Jun. 15th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
a teen moment? um, no. i cant even say "nuke the south"... is tampa still the south, or is it like the dmz between the south and cuba?
Jun. 16th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
A "teen moment?" Oh, that EXPLAINS EVERYTHING!

Let's not think that the guy who shot up the Holocaust Museum had mental issues then... he just had an "old man moment!"

Nah, nah. You have to have done some reading if you take it upon yourself to reenact Lord of the Flies. Or worse still, the Abner Louima case.
Jun. 16th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
A teen moment? I know a lot of teenagers. Trust me. This is not their idea of normal behavior.
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
WTF!!!??? I was a teenager and I NEVER had a teen moment that involved sodomizing someone with a broomstick nor a hockey stick. WTF is wrong with people NOT to see that these are some little evil ass spawns of Satan; sociopaths waiting for the perfect opportunity to fuck some shit up???
Jun. 15th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I am just so through with life...
Jun. 16th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
I heard a little snippet of this coming from another room and yelled "Florida or Michigan?"
Jun. 16th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Because of the kids being charged as adults?
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
b/c of the fuckedupedness of the crime.
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Stuff like that only happens in Florida and Michigan?
Jun. 16th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
I want to know what conditions these kids had in their own lives to make them think they should do this to another kid.

On a side note...what the hell is WRONG with Florida?!!?
Jun. 16th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
"I can't picture Raymond doing anything like that. He's a sweet young man, a caring young man."

Isn't this the same way they say about every sociopathic kid after they show their true colors? DENIAL: You're soaking in it.
Jun. 16th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
Right?! People say it as if it isn't possible for otherwise sweet, caring people to do fucked up shit. Some people have more than one face. Some get caught up in peer pressure. A parent's job is not to make excuses but to insure these "sweet, caring kids" of theirs don't fall into this behavior again in the future.
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Like...I got NOTHIN'! Seriously. This is some ol' prison-type American-Me type shit. Like, I need to stop trying to figure this out because my brain is going to explode
Jun. 17th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
This makes me sick to my stomach
How in the HELL does this happen to a student in school? When will folks wake the heck up and stop letting shit slide until situations reach extremes like this?

This is disgusting and the four boys get NO sympathy from me. They should be charged as adults. WTH? Good kids my ass!!!! This violation is way beyond bullying. Just think of the emotional and mental trauma that the victim is going to have to live with for the rest of his life.

Jun. 17th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
This makes me sick. It's one thing to try kids as kids when they kick the shit out of someone. It's another thing to try and defend them when they sexually violate their peer not ONCE but TWICE with inanimate fucking objects.

Sick little shits. Their parents should be fucking ashamed.
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