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Homer Brothers Charged with Sexual Assault of Passed Out Teen
Two brothers from Homer have been charged with sexually assaulting a boy who passed out at a teen drinking party attended by a number of high school football players.
HOMER — Two brothers from Homer have been charged with sexually assaulting a boy who passed out at a teen drinking party attended by a number of high school football players.
Joseph Resetarits, 18, and Anthony Resetarits, 20, were arrested separately Thursday in Homer and Anchorage by Alaska State Troopers and charged with felony sexual assault for sexual penetration of an incapacitated person.
They were expected to be arraigned Friday, said Kenai Assistant District Attorney Kelly Lawson. It wasn't immediately clear if the brothers had lawyers ahead of their arraignments. Online court records did not list an attorney for either Friday morning.
The younger Resetarits attends Homer High School and was a member of the Mariners football team until his dismissal Thursday, the Homer News reported.
The school was scheduled to play Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau on Friday night in a state playoff semifinal game.
"We are working with district administration to determine the exclusion of any student involved not only from school activities, but our school campus," Homer High School Principal Allan Gee said.
A complaint filed in Homer Superior Court by Troopers Sgt. Jeremy Stone says the agency was alerted to the assault by a nurse at a Homer hospital on Sept. 10. The party started late the night of Saturday, Sept. 8, and continued into the next morning.
The boy arrived at the party about 10 p.m., and witnesses said he was drinking heavily, according to the complaint. He passed out on a couch about an hour later.
The complaint says the party grew from a few invited guests to as many as 80 people, including many members of the Homer Mariners football team. Some of the people at the party began taking turns writing on the boy's body with markers before Anthony Resetarits shaved an "M" into the boy's hair, an apparent reference to the team, the complaint says.
Later, the boy's pants and underwear were removed and he was sexually assaulted, according to the complaint that cited witness statements.
Numerous photographs were seized by troopers, including one the complaint says shows the assault. The faces of the males conducting the assault aren't shown, but the complaint says a juvenile male who provided the photo identified the brothers. The juvenile was not named.
Friends later delivered the unconscious boy to his mother.
Fourteen high school athletes were suspended for being at a party where alcohol is served, a violation of Alaska Student Activities Association rules.
More charges could be filed as troopers continue to investigate, said spokeswoman Beth Ipsen.
Information from: The Homer (Alaska) News, http://www.homernews.com