3 boys charged in sexual abuse case

SARATOGA, Calif. (AP) — Three boys arrested last week on suspicion of sexually abusing a 15-year-old Northern California girl who later took her own life were initially cited on misdemeanor allegations in the case, authorities said.

The investigation in September turned up only enough evidence to support citations for misdemeanor sexual battery, Santa Clara County sheriff’s Lt. Jose Cardoza told the San Jose Mercury News on Saturday.

Deputies arrested three 16-year-old boys last week on suspicion of sexual battery against Audrie Pott, a  sophomore who hanged herself last fall after an explicit photo was circulated of the alleged assault.

The boys weren’t taken into custody when they were first cited, Cardoza said. He did not know if they had appeared at any juvenile court hearings.