San Diego Sheriff's cruiser
A San Diego Sheriff’s cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday there is no evidence of a sexual assault during two recent altercations in the varsity football locker room at Vista High School.

Students and parents expressed concern about a widely circulated video that purportedly shows a sexual assault.

“A video of the incident was provided to the detectives. It shows a teenage boy being forcefully pushed to the ground. The boy was not hurt and did not require medical attention,” the department said in a statement.

“Sheriff’s detectives spoke to the 14-year-old victim, his mother, students, parents and faculty. It was determined from the investigation that a sexual assault did not happen,” according to the statement.

Deputies are continuing to investigate the altercations that took place on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

The Vista Unified School District is conducting its own internal investigation, and a coach on the freshman football team staff was fired in connection with the incidents.



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