Man waives preliminary hearing in locker room rape case

Posted at 1:04 PM, Jul 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-30 20:27:06-04

DIETRICH, Idaho (AP) -- An 18-year-old high school student who prosecutors say sexually assaulted a black teammate in an Idaho locker room has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

The Times-News reports that John R.K. Howard was set to appear in court on Friday after several delays, by the waived his right to the hearing on Thursday. His case will be bound over to district court. An arraignment has not yet been set.

According to prosecutors, a teen was sexually assaulted with a clothes hanger in the Oct. 22 attack at Dietrich High School in southern Idaho.

Three football players have since been charged in connection with the attack. Howard and 17-year-old Tanner Ward are both charged with felonies in adult court and a third player is charged as a juvenile. All records in the juvenile's case have been sealed.