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Teen recalls hearing laughter during sex assault at St. Mike's school, court hears

Laughter during sex assault

A teenage boy recalled hearing a group of students laugh as they held back his arms and sexually assaulted him with a broom handle in the locker room of a prestigious Toronto high school, court heard Tuesday.

A video of the teen's statement to police, in which he describes the October 2018 incident, was played in a hearing that took place both in a courtroom and over videoconference.

The role of a teen boy charged in the incident was not specified in the portion of the video played in court Tuesday, and the complainant did not mention the accused by name in that part of the clip.

In the video, the boy said the locker room at St. Michael's College School had largely cleared out following an afternoon football practice when he heard a "commotion" and saw a group of students approaching. He heard a cheer, and one of the other boys grabbed a broom, he said.

The teen said he tried to run out of the room despite having only his dress pants on, but one of the others tripped him from behind, and the group dragged him "as a collective" towards a bench.

The boy described being on his knees, with two people holding his arms behind his back, as someone pulled down his pants and underwear. At one point, someone slapped his buttocks loudly, and one of the other boys took out a phone to capture the incident on video, he said.

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It was then that someone behind him shoved the broom handle into his anus, the boy said in the video.

"I was just in a lot of pain," he said.

The statement was presented at the trial of the accused, who has pleaded not guilty to two counts each of gang sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon and assault with a weapon in connection with that incident and another that occurred on campus in the fall of 2018.

Court has previously heard the accused helped other teens immobilize another student who was sexually assaulted with a broom handle in November of that year.

In his statement, the complainant said the incident unfurled quickly and ended abruptly when the group dispersed.

The teen said he got changed quickly and made the boy who had filmed the incident delete the video from his camera roll, fearing it would be shared with others. However, he didn't check whether the footage was erased from the phone's deleted items folder, he said.



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