Mar 13, 2015 5:37 PM by CBS News, Photo via CBS LA
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Authorities say they've arrested nine male students from Venice High School for alleged sex assaults and unlawful sex acts against underage victims that occurred on and off campus, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andy Smith said Friday that all of the suspects are between 14 and 17-years-old. Authorities are seeking five more possible suspects.
Investigators say they made the arrests after school officials notified them of two alleged victims.
Police suspect some of the sex acts were forced and others were consensual, reports the station.
The majority of the allegedly incidents happened fairly recently, according to the station.
The Los Angeles Unified School District released a statement saying they are cooperating with the investigation and that parents of the suspects have been notified.
"This is a painful moment for Venice High School and this District," the statement said. "I want you to know that no sexual misconduct of any kind by students or staff will ever be tolerated in L.A. Unified."
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