D.C. Law Firm Reviewing Damascus High Rape Cases

Montgomery County Public Schools has hired powerhouse law firm WilmerHale to conduct an external review of Damascus High School, in the wake of last year’s sexual assault of junior varsity football players.

The contract says the review will cost $250,000 less a redacted discount.

The report was expected to be complete by June 30 but the deadline has been extended.

Four students were charged in the incident, in which their teammates were sexually assaulted with brooms. Although originally charged as adults, the cases of the four boys were moved to juvenile court.

According to the contract, the law firm will interview the athletic director, administrators and several coaches, as well as a sampling of students, alumni and parents.

WilmerHale also will review documents, policies, procedures, practices and programs. And if any previous examples of hazing, bullying or sexual assault in athletic programs are uncovered, the firm will review case files.

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Douglas Tallman

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