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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2007 4:19 am | Updated: 5:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A case involving the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl by a Florence High School student while others used cell phones to photograph the incident was forwarded Friday to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.

The girl told police she was assaulted at a drinking party in the desert after a football game Oct. 26 by a 17-year-old player, Florence police Detective Walt Hunter said.

Florence police will determine whether to make arrests in the case based on the county attorney office’s recommendations.

Police began an investigation after friends of the victim brought her to the station the next morning, Hunter said.

The department is waiting for test results from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, but police have confiscated four cell phones from teammates of the football player. They are also suspects in connection with the assault, Hunter said.

It is a Class 2 felony to take photos of a sex act involving a minor.

Florence High School officials have not taken any disciplinary action. However, school officials met with several students and their parents Thursday evening to discuss the incident, according to a statement released Friday by the school.

The school has scheduled a series of workshops that will cover the importance of good decision making and social responsibility. It’s not clear whether further action will be taken if students are arrested or charged.

School officials did not return calls seeking comment Friday.

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