A white Idaho high school football player, John R.K. Howard, who was originally charged with brutally raping a black, mentally disabled teammate with a coat hanger was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser felony Friday, with prosecutors now claiming that the attack was neither a sex crime nor racially motivated, the Times-News reports.
Still, the 19-year-old will completely avoid prison or jail time for his part in the brutal October 2015 attack of a black, mentally disabled teammate after a football practice at Dietrich High School.
Hemmer agreed with Howard’s attorneys’ claim that the “Victim was not at any time pinned down, raped or pinned down and subjected to any sort of forcible penetration,” citing evidence.
The lawsuit charges that the attack on the victim was a culmination of months of “Severe and pervasive harassment, racial discrimination, mental and physical assault and battery,” of which the district, school administrators and football coaches were all aware or should have been aware.
As previously reported by The Root, the suit claims that Howard humped the victim while taunting him during football practices.