HARDIN, Mo. — Two teenagers are facing sexual assault charges after being accused of sexually assaulting students in a high school locker room.
I’ve been following this story since it first broke in December but the details were too vague so I decided to wait until more details came out. They have, and it’s not pretty.
According to court documents, 17-year-old Jeffrey R. Ellis and 18-year-old Randy E. Estenbaum sexually assaulted separate students in the Hardin-Central High School locker room on separate occasions. These assaults happened while students were changing for P.E. or to play basketball.
In November, one of the accusers told police that Estenbaum pinned him down and forced his legs up in the air and “humped” him while he was naked. In December, Ellis allegedly assaulted two boys with the help of two others. After two other students helped hang two classmates upside down, Ellis allegedly pulled down one boy’s pants and stuck a water bottle in his butthole.
The school conducted its own investigation and all four students who participated in the attacks were expelled from school in January while Ellis and Estenbaum were charged as adults with forcible sodomy. Estenbaum was also charged with third-degree assault and two counts of second-degree sexual misconduct with a second student.
Superintendent Martin Griffin tried to ease parent’s fears by letting them know that their kids are safe at Hardin-Central and that they shouldn’t worry about their kid being sexually assaulted by self-loathing, repressed homosexuals; everyone is working together to fix whatever is wrong.
“Bullying is one of the things that we can address that helps improve our educational environment,” Griffin said. “Safety is very important for our students and that’s one action we’re going to take to help better, if that’s the case.”
Both Ellis and Estenbaum turned themselves into police and bonded out on $20,000 cash each on conditions that they are adult supervised, have no contact with the victims or the two other lemmings who were allegedly involved in the attacks.Tags: Bullying, Crime, Hardin-Central, Jeffrey Ellis, Missouri, Randy Estenbaum, school, Sexual Assault, student