By Tribune staff
A high school football player and his brother were arrested Thursday in the case of a teen boy sexually assaulted Sept. 9 at a party where teens gathered at a home on East End Road.
Joey Resetarits, 18 and Anthony Resetarits, 20, were taken into custody on charges of second-degree sexual assault.
On Sept. 10, a South Peninsula Hospital nurse in Homer reported to the Alaska State Troopers that a 17-year old male was in the hospital reporting he had been sexually assaulted on or about Sept. 8. A party involving 30-40 young people had taken place on that night at the home of a Homer High school student while his dad was at home. The victim who was raped arrived at the home at 8 p.m. and was reported by several individuals to be drinking heavily. About an hour later, he passed out on a small couch in the living room of the home.
Troopers say in the charging documents that multiple juveniles interviewed reported that the victim was unconscious and not responsive to attempts to wake him up. The party grew from a few initial members to include some members of the football team and graduated alumni into a large gathering of 60-80 people, according to the trooper’s charging documents.
“Although it is currently unknown who provided the alcohol at the party, it was reported that many of the individuals, including the juvenile individuals at the party, were consuming alcohol,” charges state.
At some point during the party, after the victim had passed out from alcohol consumption, several individuals as yet unidentified, according to the charging documents, began taking turns writing and drawing things on the victim with a Sharpie marker.
Eventually a male at the party, identified as Anthony Resetarits, shaved an M into the hair on the victim’s head, symbolic for Mariners, the name of the high school football team. It was reported that multiple individuals that were surrounding the victim on the couch were taking video and photos of the incident. A female admitted to watching a video of Anthony Resetarits on a friend’s phone as he shaved the victim’s hair into an M. She reportedly deleted the video after watching it. A separate male stated that he tried to wake up the victim while people were drawing on him with the sharpie, but the victim remained unresponsive.
At some point after the victim had been written on and drawn on, people around him on the couch began to yell out ideas about what should happen next. A suggestion was made by an unknown person, and the boy’s pants and underwear were removed. At this point, it was reported that the Resetarits brothers sexually assaulted the victim with an object.
Troopers were able to recover multiple photos taken at the party, including those showing the assault. The party was disbanded shortly after the incident and the victim, still unconscious, was transported to town by his friends where they met his mother and transferred him to her.
On Thursday, the Homer Court issued arrest warrants for both Anthony and Joseph Resetarits for sexual assault in the second degree. Second-degree sexual assault is a class B felony that carries a possible conviction of five to 15 years.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.
More charges may result from the investigation, said Trooper Sgt. Jeremy Stone. The investigation continues.
Homer High School Principal Alan Gee suspended 14 students for violating school rules regarding alcohol use and being at the party. His jurisdiction only extends to those enrolled in school sports or activities.
Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen said “because it’s an ongoing investigation, this is all we’re releasing at this time. We understand the community’s concern. We want to investigate this fully not only the victim and the victim’s family sake, but also for the community’s peace of mind. Because of this, we ask for the community’s understanding and patience. We hope for the community’s continued cooperation as the investigation progresses.”
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