By BRIAN PEARSON and KYLE PEVETO
The father of a 16-year-old Silsbee High School cheerleader who is accusing three football players of sexually assaulting her said he hopes his daughter's case will shed light on what he calls a silent rape epidemic.
"It's somewhat her idea," he said of his daughter. "Before I went there, we talked about it."
"She's strong enough to get through it," he said. "She is trying her best to live her life.
"We can't put her in a shell and let her stay there."
The district Wednesday released a statement saying that it had received a magistrate order prohibiting the three students charged in the case from going within 1,200 feet of Silsbee High School, its stadium and other facilities.
The three football players were arrested Monday after the girl told police she was raped at a weekend party at a home at 324 Pinewood in the northern part of Silsbee, according to Silsbee police.
Police arrived at the home about 2:40 a.m. Saturday, according to a police affidavit.
Roundtree, a senior, and Bolton, a junior, whose bonds were set at $100,000 apiece, were released late Monday.
Attempts to contact Roundtree, Bolton and their families at their homes were unsuccessful.
Lawyer Russell Wright, who according to jail records is representing Roundtree, also could not be reached.
Sexual assault of a child is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
It is considered sexual assault when one person intentionally penetrates another person sexually without the victim's consent, according to the Texas Penal Code. It also defines a child as a victim younger than 17 who is not married to the person who commits assault.
Investigators have not said whether they have talked to Stacy Darlene Riley, 39, who lives at the home at 324 Pinewood Drive.
"She was not supposed to be there," he said. "She did not have permission to be there."
Nevertheless, "she knows that she didn't do anything to deserve" being raped, her father said.
"She knows she's not damaged goods," he said.
He said that in the past few days, he has heavily researched national sexual assault statistics - and what he found was shocking.
"I'm just as outraged with myself for not knowing about it," he said. "It's a horrible statistic."
According to the Family Violence Prevention Fund web site, 20 percent of American women reported they were raped or physically or sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
And that's the reported cases.
"It's not a game by any means, but it's something we have to win," he said. "I want justice and I'm going to believe her.
"I'm not naive to believe the other side is not thinking the same thing about us," he added, referring to the families of the boys accused in the case.
He said he is aware of the interest the case has created in the small town of about 6,300 residents as well as throughout Southeast Texas.
"I read the blogs," he said. "There's people who support my daughter and some who don't."
The father said that despite the incident, the family plans to stay in Silsbee.
"I'm not afraid to keep my kids in this school district," he said. "This is my home."
"I can't imagine a child being out at 2 o'clock in the morning, Kiner, a 54-year-old medical transcriptionist said in an interview Wednesday. "I can't imagine any child being out under the age of 18."
"I almost cried, because I thought Silsbee was different," she added.
Davis, who also is pastor at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Silsbee, said he sees a need for more social opportunities for teens on weekends and after football games.
"In Hardin County there are no recreational facilities at this time," he said. "You need alternatives to sexual activity and all types of mischief.
"Unless we provide constructive things to do on the weekend, we are inviting mischief. If you leave it up to them, they are not always going to be very adult about what they're going to do."