High school footballers accused of sex assault

Posted at 4:06 AM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 04:06:05-04

Bradenton Police arrested two Manatee High School football players, and accused them of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

According to detectives, Wesley Simeus, 18, and Gyriel Price, 18, each face two charges of lewd and lascivious battery.

The two are seniors at Manatee High.  The victim is not a Manatee High student.

According to police documents, this is not a rape.  The victim agreed to have sex with the 18 year olds, but given the age difference, it is considered a crime.

Police say the assault happened late Sunday, early Monday morning at a home in Bradenton.

The teens had sex two times, and even recorded portions, according to police.

When interviewed by police, both Simeus and Price said they thought the girl was 16 years old.

School officials issued the following statement about the case:

The School District of Manatee County has been informed that the Bradenton Police Department arrested two Manatee High School students today on felony charges. The charges are extremely serious and the district and Manatee High will cooperate fully with the Bradenton Police Department until all charges are resolved. Since this matter is an ongoing criminal investigation, we cannot comment on any details related to the investigation. We can say that this was not an incident that occurred on a school campus or during school hours.
Because of student confidentiality, we cannot comment on district disciplinary measures. However, we will follow disciplinary guidelines as detailed in our school district’s Code of Student Conduct, which can be found on the “Parents” page of our district website. In addition, we will take all steps necessary to protect the safety and security of all students