DENTON (1080 KRLD) - A girl who accused two football players at the 9th Grade Center at Hebron High School of sexually assaulting her in 2012 has won a lawsuit.
A jury in Denton County found the two individuals to be liable for the attack and awarded her $32-million dollars.
The girl said that the two teens had spiked her drink at a party in 2012 and sexually assaulted her. She was 14 years old at the time. Her attorneys said that during the recent civil trial in the 462nd District Court in Denton, one of the defendants claimed the sex was consensual while the other refused to testify.
"I cannot begin to tell you what this verdict means to my client," said attorney Charla Aldous of Aldous\Walker in Dallas, who represented the victim. "She is a brave young woman who stood for what was right against all odds."
There was a criminal investigation into the case in 2012 and evidence was presented to a grand jury, which returned a "no bill". That means the grand jury did not find enough evidence to file criminal charges.
The girl and her family had filed a separate lawsuit in federal court against the Lewisville ISD accusing the school district of failing to protect her from retaliation and bullying after she reported the incident. The jury in that case found in favor of the Lewisville ISD in 2017.