Former Pflugerville Hendrickson football players sentenced, sexual assault charges dropped

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on May 17, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 7:33 PM

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas -- Four former Pflugerville Hendrickson football players have been sentenced in a case originally filed as a sexual assault of a teenage girl.

Two years have passed since a then-9th grader reported four Hendrickson High School football players assaulted her. The April 2011 arrest affidavit shows she told school counselors it happened in the shower area at a pool in the Falcon Pointe neighborhood in Pflugerville.

"Those are serious charges which could mean somebody's life," said Attorney Jerry Smith, who represented three of the defendants. "There have been some intense negotiations back and forth with the district attorney's office and I applaud them. I think they've worked hard to come up with a fair resolution in this matter."

Leonard Leon Scales and Tommie Lee Robins Junior both pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of unlawful restraint. Originally, they also faced felony sexual assault charges.

Curtis Dennis Franklin and Deionta Wayne James each pleaded guilty to one count of attempted unlawful restraint.

All four will be under supervision by parole for five years but won't serve any jail time. They won't have to register as sex offenders but will be assessed which could mean counseling. They will also have to serve 100 hours of community service and they're not allowed any contact with the victim.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Farrington says sexual assault cases are difficult to prove. In this case, the neighborhood pool had no lifeguard on duty and no security cameras.

Farrington says when discussing a plea bargain they look at the defendants' criminal history and the four players had none. The attorneys had to decide if a trial is in the best interest of the victim. In this case, after consulting the victim, prosecutors determined it wasn't.


 

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