Former Carmel HS basketball player to plead guilty
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Carmel - 13 Investigates has learned another guilty plea is coming for a former Carmel High School basketball player.
Oscar Falodun, 19, is expected to strike a deal in the assault case stemming from locker room assaults at the school.
Just one month after he vowed to file a complaint with the U.S. Attorney's office questioning the dismissal of charges in the Carmel locker room assault case, Attorney Robert Turner tells 13 Investigates, it's happening again. This time, it centers on Falodun, who is set to plead guilty Thursday.
"This case, as far as I'm concerned, is an outrage in terms of justice, civil rights," said Turner during a news conference November 12.
Falodun is charged with one count of misdemeanor battery for allegedly assaulting a 15-year old student in a Carmel High School locker room, causing bodily injury.
"It made a big, big impact on my life," the 15-year-old boy told 13 Investigates during his first interview regarding the alleged attacks.
Falodun was also indicted on two misdemeanor counts of criminal recklessness for performing acts that created a risk of injury to two other students.
The problem, Turner says, is the victim - who sparked the entire investigation with an emergency room visit could once again see his case tossed out, as it was with teammate Scott Laskowski's plea.
The student's parents say Hamilton County Prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp is sending the wrong message to victims.
"They're saying, 'What's the point? Look what we've been through and still, nothing's happened," said his mother.
Leerkamp refuses to talk about Falodun's deal. She says she's aware of the concerns and the call for a federal investigation.
"My decisions are open to any type of appropriate review at anytime, so that's about all that I would have to say," Leerkamp said after learning of a possible complaint against her office.
The U.S. Attorney's office says it is awaiting a formal written complaint from Turner, but confirms he has made contact with the Indianapolis office.
13 Investigates also obtained a couple of letters sent to the court in support of Oscar Falodun. A family friend says he encouraged her to join his family's church, while a neighbor called him "mature beyond his years" and "respectful of senior citizens."
Assault allegations that occurred on a school bus are still pending in Hendricks County for two other former players.
Tuesday, Turner may explain why he feels prosecutors seem to be throwing out the charges that involve his client for a second time.
"A plaintiff's lawyer is concerned that any plea bargain, especially related to minor charges, misdemeanors, diminishes the seriousness of what happened to his client," said criminal defense lawyer Jack Crawford, who is not part of the Carmel case.
Crawford says any civil suit filed by Turner for his victim against Carmel Clay Schools should not be hurt by the plea bargains.
"Plaintiffs can still sue, even if the cases are plea bargained or they're not directly involved in those plea bargains," he said. "He can still bring a lawsuit claiming there was improper supervision by school authorities."
(Eyewitness News reporter David MacAnally contributed to this story.)