This undated photo provided by her family via attorney Robert Allard shows Audrey Pott.(Photo: AP/family photo)
Three teen boys have admitted to sexually assaulting a northern
California teen days before she hanged herself in a tragedy that made
national headlines, California media are reporting.
of Saratoga, committed suicide in September 2012, eight days after
drinking Gatorade laced with alcohol at a party and waking up with her
pants off and lewd comments scrawled on her body. Cellphone photos taken
of her were shared in text messages.
The San Jose Mercury News,
citing documents and other "direct information" it obtained, said a
17-year-old boy two 16-year-old boys admitted in juvenile court to
sexual assault and possessing photos of the girl. The boys, all of whom
were one year younger at the time of the assault, were arrested in
The paper said the 16-year-olds served 30 days during
weekends and that the 17-year-old was sentenced to 45 consecutive days
The identities of the boys have not been revealed because
the case was handled in juvenile court. They could have faced up to 10
years in prison if the case had been handled in adult court.
sentences are also more lenient than those imposed on two 16-year-olds
in Steubenville, Ohio, who received one and two years in juvenile
The three defendants have been sued by Audrie's parents, Lawrence and Sheila Pott. The Mercury News,
citing court documents filed last week, reports that a lawyer for one
of the boys said Audrie's divorced parents, not the boys, were at least
partially to blame for the tragedy. Audrie split time living with her
mother in Los Altos and her father, stepmother and three half-siblings
The newspaper cited this comment from Audrie, posted
in private messages on Facebook in the days before her suicide: "My life
is over. I have a reputation for a night I don't even remember, and the
whole school knows."
The parents' lawyer, Robert Allard, has declined comment.