Rape charges filed against Bixby football players in sex assault case

BIXBY, Okla. -- Rape charges have been filed against four Bixby Public Schools football players in connection with a sexual assault investigation. 

Four football players were accused of assaulting a 16-year-old teammate in the case. An affidavit said the victim told investigators it happened at a team function in late September at the home of Bixby's former superintendent, Kyle Wood.

Rape by instrumentation charges were filed against Samuel Isaiah Lakin, 17, William Thomas, 17, Colton Cable, 17, and Joe Wood, 16. Warrants have been issued for their arrests.

All four players bonded out of jail on Thursday night. 

Arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 8. 

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler issued the following statement about a possible separate investigation involving players on the football team:

Although we have been advised today that there may be a separate investigation taking place regarding a player / players on the Bixby football team, we are not in a position to comment on the investigation.  We will let the investigative authorities do their job and report to us if and when they believe it becomes necessary.

Michelle Lowry with the district attorney's office said there is an ongoing investigation into possible actions by several adults "related to the potential crimes."

Bixby Public Schools released the following statement on Thursday:

We have been contacted today by press in reference to a recent report of potential assault on a student. Of course, we cannot comment on the specific confidential information in this request. However, if BPS gets any report of any kind of potential assault on a student, we will immediately report to all proper authorities, investigate for the safety of our students, and pursue any/all interventions that are appropriate.

Additionally we learned as the public did that charges were filed against four Bixby students. Bixby Schools remains committed to student safety and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement.

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